Starting Friday, July 10, the City of Toronto will be stepping up enforcement and restricting evening parking at its beaches.
According to the City, there has been a “significant increase” in the number of people visiting Toronto beaches in the late evening. Some are also not practising physical distancing, are drinking excessively, and are leaving large amounts of litter.
In a release, the City has also reported that some have been seen setting up DJ equipment and lighting bonfires.
Parking restrictions will be in place at Toronto beaches starting at 7 pm. The beaches include:
- Marie Curtis Park
- Humber Bay West Park
- Cherry Beach
Parking at Bluffers Park will close at 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Restricted access to parking has already taken place at other parks and beaches along the waterfront on weekends due to ActiveTO road closures along Lakeshore Boulevard West.
Mobile signs will also be placed across the waterfront to advise that parking is restricted.
“COVID-19 continues to circulate in Toronto and while Stage 2 of reopening has given residents greater opportunity to get outside, there remains a public health risk of spreading the virus to others,” the City said.
There will be a noticeable presence of bylaw officers and Toronto police at beaches and parking lots.
Together with Toronto Fire, they will be ensuring that crowds and bonfires do not occur or are not dealt with quickly should they occur. They are also ensuring that no other prohibited activities such as fireworks occur.
And, parking enforcement will have enhanced presence — they will be tag towing illegally parked vehicles in the vicinity of beaches where parking is restricted.
According to the City, parking fines can range anywhere from $20 to $450.