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Port Colborne beaches only open to locals, starting today

Town says they want to keep residents and city staff safe
A couple on the beach. (via Unsplash)

If you were planning a trip to Port Colborne this weekend in search of some sunny beach time, you might want to reconsider.

As of today, all beaches in Port Colborne will be restricted to residents only, the city says. After a decision in Port Colborne’s city council, members decided to restrict access to all beaches in their municipality to residents only, and their guests.

Adult beachgoers will be required to provide proof that they live in Port Colborne, such as ID or vehicle registration.

The move comes in response to droves of visitors pouring in to the little port town over the summer, sparking concerns over COVID-19.

“This is about protecting our residents, our staff, and our beaches,” said Mayor Bill Steele, City of Port Colborne.

“Council and staff reviewed all concerns and options, and we feel in order to ensure public safety during this pandemic, we need to limit beach access to residents only.”

A Port Colborne resident can bring a non-resident guest to the beach, but is restricted to two adults, and an unlimited amount of individuals under 15.

“This is just another way we can help keep everyone healthy and safe,” said Mayor Steele.

“As we navigate operational changes this year due to COVID-19, we are hopeful to welcome visitors to our beautiful beaches again next year.”