Sauble Beach is re-opening today.
South Bruce Peninsula council resolved at a special meeting Thursday to open all beaches in the town, including Sauble Beach.
According to a release, the beach will not be limited to walkthrough access only -- people can sit and sunbathe on the sands. South Bruce Peninsula had re-opened Sauble Beach for a couple of weeks in early June, but visitors had only been allowed to swim or walkthrough, not "loiter" on the sands. That's no longer a restriction.
A statement from the town stresses beach patrons must adhere to the provincial emergency order limiting gatherings to 10 or less people, and follow public health advice of physical distancing.
Mayor Janice Jackson says in a text message council made the decision to re-open Sauble Beach on the advice of Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ian Arra.
"This must be a joint effort between the Town, our residential community, business community and our visitors. If everyone follows the rules and respects one another, we should have no issues going forward," Jackson says.
This is the second time South Bruce Peninsula is re-opening Sauble Beach. Last month, the town opened it on a trial basis and then closed it back down again as some beach-goers were not adhering to restrictions and physical distancing guidelines. Mayor Jackson told Bayshore Broadcasting in June "most residents followed the rules ... but the day trippers flagrantly defied our restrictions and took over many parts of the beach."
South Bruce Peninsula council will meet on a weekly basis to assess the adherence to regulations and determine if its beaches, including Sauble, will be safe enough to remain open for the August long weekend.
The Town will also bring in "paid duty" police to assist with enforcement on weekends at Sauble Beach, while the Grey Bruce Health Unit offered to supply face coverings for anyone attending.