Thousands Crowded Ontario's Grand Bend Beach Yesterday Despite Shutdown Warnings (PHOTOS)

Restrictions didn't stop people from celebrating Canada Day.
Toronto Senior Staff Writer

It looks like people were forgetting about their worries yesterday. An Ontario beach was flooded with visitors on Canada Day despite recent threats of closure. Swimsuit wearing crowds filled Grand Bend Beach shores as they arrived to celebrate the warm weather and holiday. 

Beaches reopened last month as the province moved into stage two, but careless crowds could cause this popular spot to be shut down again.

On July 1, Grand Bend's main beach was overrun with people who came to soak up the sun and splash in the lake. 

According to an article by The London Free Press, lifeguards estimated that 6,000 to 7,000 visitors packed themselves onto the shores to celebrate.

This comes just a week after warnings of a possible shutdown were issued by the mayor.

In an interview with Global News on June 24, Bill Weber, Mayor of Lambton Shores, revealed his worries about possible reclosure.

"COVID has not gone away...." Weber said. "We're very concerned with the number of people, if we get overrun and too crowded, we may have to go and do what Sauble Beach has had to do, and that would be very disappointing for the rest of the summer."

"Pandemic What?" wrote one Twitter user who was able to capture the crowds from Wednesday afternoon. 

Grand Bend officially reopened its beach on June 22. On the first weekend after reopening, The London Free Press revealed that 250 bylaw infraction tickets were issued to beach-goers.

Last week, another popular summer spot closed indefinitely due to massive crowds.

Sauble Beach, along with all other South Bruce Penninsula beaches, was shut down after "reckless beachgoers" flooded the shores.

Toronto is also seeing throngs of people on its beaches, sparking worries about social distancing.

While Grand Bend remains open for the time being, the mayor's concerns about closures could become a reality if crowding continues.

*Cover photo used for illustrative purposes only. 

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