Toronto beaches have remained open
June 13, 2020
Global Korean Post
With the approach of hot summer weather and the extended closure of many indoor public spaces, it’s vital that Torontonians to have opportunities to cool down outdoors. When permitted, the City plans to open its outdoor aquatic amenities to prevent heat related-illnesses while continuing to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Toronto beaches have remained open in the same way green spaces in parks have been open. Beaches are not closed under Province of Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the SwimTO plan, lifeguards will return to six of Toronto’s swimming beaches on Monday, June 22. Lifeguards will supervise each location daily from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Swimming without the supervision of a lifeguard or outside designated swim areas is not recommended.
The City will provide lifeguard supervision on swimming beaches coupled with comprehensive crowd management.
Beach water quality testing and analysis will be completed by Toronto Public Health to ensure people can swim safely at Toronto beaches.
The six swimming beaches opening on June 22 are:
- Bluffer’s Park Beach (Blue Flag)
- Cherry/Clarke Beach (Blue Flag)
- Kew-Balmy Beach (Blue Flag)
- Marie Curtis Park East Beach
- Sunnyside Beach
- Woodbine Beach (Blue Flag)
The four Toronto Island Park beaches will open for swimming on July 1. Rouge Valley Beach is currently inaccessible, and a supervised swim program will not operate there.
Right now, outdoor pools, wading pools and splash pads remain closed due to provincial orders and public health recommendations.
City staff are preparing now so that we can act quickly to open outdoor aquatic amenities following the amendment of the Province’s orders and Toronto’s participation in Ontario’s Stage 2 reopening.