Tiny's municipal beaches open Friday for limited use

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Phase 2 reopening of Tiny’s outdoor amenities
Beaches are available for limited recreational use

Further to the Provincial Government’s implementation of Stage 1 – A Framework for Reopening our Province, the Township of Tiny is initiating Phase 2 of reopening our outdoor amenities. As of Friday, June 5 at 12:01 AM, public beaches will be made available for limited recreational use. Our number one priority is protecting the wellbeing of Tiny’s residents, which is why new health and safety protocols and parking restrictions are being introduced.

The Township of Tiny is taking a cautious, phased approach to the reopening of outdoor amenities, which will be guided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit guidelines and the Province’s regional reopening strategy. Staff will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic situation, including public compliance and the potential for expanding public access to outdoor amenities. 

Visit www.tiny.ca/coronavirus to view the current reopening status of outdoor amenities.

Beaches

Recreational use of all public beaches will be permitted, including sitting/laying on the beach, swimming, fishing from shore, paddle boarding, kayaking, etc. Playgrounds on beaches and in parks remain closed.
Users are reminded that personal items/private property cannot be left overnight or stored on municipally-owned property for any reason, including for the purpose of reserving beach space. This includes but is not limited to chairs, watercrafts, barbeques, boat launches/docks/lifts, decks/platforms, fire pits, delineation, umbrellas and tents. These temporary encroachments will be tagged and removed by Municipal Law Enforcement Officers at the owner’s expense.

Portable Washrooms and Garbage Receptacles

Porta potties will be made available for public use at Balm Beach, Bluewater Beach, Cawaja Beach, Concession 13 West beach, Jackson Park, Lafontaine Beach and Woodland Beach. Each location will include one accessible porta potty. The porta potties will not be sanitized on a daily basis. Hand washing stations and sanitizer will not be provided. Users should bring and use their own alcohol-based sanitizer.
Garbage receptacles will be provided in the vicinity of the porta potties. Beach users should properly dispose of or ‘pack out’ any garbage they bring to the beaches.

Parking

In an effort to make complying with physical distancing requirements and social gathering restrictions easier on public beaches, new Township-wide parking restrictions will be implemented, effective immediately. All paid/metered parking will be unavailable; affected spaces will be identified with signage. Parking will only be available through the use of resident and non-resident parking permits. The total number of parking spaces available will be reduced for beach population control. Closed parking spaces will be identified with signage and/or barriers. Accessible parking will be maintained at each regular location.

The intent of the parking restrictions is to limit the number of individuals who can access public beaches, while giving priority access to permit holders. Although the Township regrets the need to restrict day use of its public beaches at this time, it is imperative to move slowly under the circumstances to ensure public safety. As the pandemic situation improves, the Township will consider expanding access to non-resident permit parking.
The ‘30-minute maximum’ parking spaces at Balm Beach will continue to be available free of charge and without the need for a parking permit. These parking spaces are available to access the local businesses in that area, such as for curbside pick-up or take-out orders.

Enforcement

Tiny’s Municipal Law Enforcement Officers (MLEO) and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be patrolling and enforcing beach use restrictions, physical distancing and social gatherings. MLEO will also be enforcing parking. MLEO and OPP remain focused on providing education about Provincial Orders, public health guidelines (i.e. physical distancing, hand washing, mask use, etc.) and Township restrictions. Ensuring compliance through education and awareness remains the preferred method of engagement, but enforcement through warnings and fines will be relied upon if necessary.

Officers will be assisted with educational patrols by Tiny’s Beach Ambassadors – qualified staff and volunteers who will be on site to answer questions and provide information to encourage compliance.

Compliance with Provincial Orders and public health recommendations

All Provincial Emergency Orders must be adhered to when using outdoor amenities. Social gatherings of more than 5 people remain strictly prohibited unless all of the individuals reside in the same household (Ontario Regulation 52/20). To ensure that the use of public beaches and outdoor amenities is a success, residents and visitors should continue to follow public health guidelines, such as practising physical distancing, wearing a face mask when physical distancing is difficult or not possible, regular handwashing and staying home when ill.

Any person using opened outdoor amenities must adhere to the following regulations:
• Practice physical distancing in accordance with public health guidelines;
• Team sports are not to be played or practiced on the fields/courts/beaches; and
• Any sports, games or activities that are likely to result in individuals not being able to comply with physical distancing requirements are not allowed.

To report an allegation of non-compliance with the Provincial Emergency Orders, please call the OPP non-emergency line (1-888-310-1122). The OPP will forward COVID-19 complaints to the Township’s Municipal Law Enforcement Department, where applicable, for further action. Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies only.

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