Wasaga Beach Wants To Reopen But With Really Strict Capacity Rules & Hand Stamps
Everyone loves a beach bod, but what about a beach pod? Ontario's Wasaga Beach could soon be divided into four sections in an attempt to improve social distancing rules and prevent overcrowding. The drastic measure could also use handstamps for re-admittance.
Since July 9, the main beach area in Wasaga has been shut down after massive crowds raised concerns.
Now, the city is looking at ways to be able to open its popular tourist attraction without crowding getting out of hand.
"The closure allowed staff time to consult with the OPP and Ontario Parks staff, review Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit best practices for safe beach use, and develop a plan to ensure the safe use of the sand-covered portion of Beach Drive," read a tweet from the Town of Wasaga Beach.
The town council is scheduled to meet up on July 14 to discuss the possibility of beach pods and other restrictions.
According to the city report, it is being recommended that the beach will be split into four separate sections, where "beach ambassadors" will limit the number of people who can enter each area.
"These pods allow the Town to control access to specific areas of the sand covered Beach Drive and to control physical distancing within the pods," read a report from the city.
"Each pod has been assigned a certain capacity based on the amount of space taken up a family of four, the two meters between families and the area of the pod."
Once an area has reached its capacity, nobody else will be able to enter.
However, anyone entering a section of the beach would get a hand stamp that would allow them to re-enter the area where they were originally located at
Wasaga Beach isn't the only beach in Ontario to be dealing with large crowds.
Premier Doug Ford slammed Torontonians last month for flocking to the city's beaches, accusing them of following in the footsteps of Florida.
Sauble beach was also forced to close down back in June.
The city's mayor blamed the closure on the "recklessness of beachgoers" who were spotted crowding on the sand.