As summer 2020 kicks off, it may be time to visit one of Toronto’s waterfront parks and beaches to enjoy some sunshine while physical distancing.
Whether you’re playing volleyball or enjoying a picnic, city beaches will have lifeguards daily from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm. Swimming without the supervision of a lifeguard or outside designated swim areas is not recommended.
The beaches that are officially open include:
- Bluffer’s Park Beach
- Cherry/Clarke Beach
- Kew-Balmy Beach
- Marie Curtis Park East Beach
- Sunnyside Beach
- Woodbine Beach
Four more swimming beaches are expected to open on July 1 and they include:
- Centre Island Beach
- Gibraltar Point Beach
- Hanlan’s Point Beach
- Ward’s Island Beach
Note that the Rouge Valley Beach is currently inaccessible and a supervised swim program will not operate there.
“While visiting a beach or park, people must practice physical distancing and avoid crowding. Under the City’s physical distancing bylaw, any two people who don’t live together, who fail to keep two metres of distance between them in a City park or public square, can receive a $1,000 ticket,” says the City of Toronto.
“Provincial orders restricting gatherings of more than 10 people who are not members of the same household are in effect.”
The full list of beaches, as well as their status, is on the City’s website.