Toronto not recommending swimming at city's beaches

Jun 10 2020, 7:45 pm

UPDATE: On Wednesday afternoon, the City of Toronto released its SwimTO plan that includes updates on reopening its pools and having lifeguards at specific beaches. You can find the story here.

Beaches are open in Toronto, despite coronavirus, but they will not be supervised by lifeguards.

Although there is a heat-warning in effect and visiting the beach would be a great way to cool down, the City of Toronto has advised against swimming without a lifeguard.

The City has also reminded those at the beach to practice physical distancing — staying two metres or 6 feet away from others.

Toronto’s beach season is typically from June to September.

A representative from the Toronto Parks department told Daily Hive that beaches are not closed under the Province of Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, in response to the pandemic.

They also said that City staff are currently working with public health officials on how the supervised swim program could operate at Toronto beaches.

According to the City, before visiting a beach, people must now complete the Ontario Ministry of Health self-assessment for coronavirus. If you do not pass, you should not use the beach.

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