People are lining up for hours to try and get to beaches near Toronto
It's another beautiful summer weekend in the GTA, and if there's anything Torontonians know best, it's how to take advantage of the few weeks of perfect weather we get a year.
Oh, and lineups. We know how to wait in those, too.
Lines were exactly what people are encountering this weekend when they flock to nearby Southern Ontario beach destinations like Prince Edward County's Sandbanks.
Traffic is already backed up on the County Roads leading into the park - expect long wait times. Plan to come another day.— Sandbanks Prov Park (@SandbanksPP) July 26, 2020
We expect to reach full capacity and close early for day-use. Once closed, no day-use visitors are able to enter, this includes seasonal passes.
The provincial park has been placing a limit on its capacity, turning away those who have waited in their vehicles to get to the beach, often for hours.
The popular spot hit its capacity as early as noon on Saturday, denying even those who had day-use or season permits.
Today, lineups were seen as early as 10:30 a.m.
Traffic at North Beach is backed up on the County Road. Expect long wait times, a park closure is possible. Please plan accordingly and visit another day. pic.twitter.com/eBW9cWzqnG— Sandbanks Prov Park (@SandbanksPP) July 26, 2020
Nearby Wellington Rotary Beach was likewise packed, with visitors struggling to nab a parking spot or get anywhere close to the actual beach.
At Sandbanks Prov Park in Prince Edward County, a day-use closure is expected today. This lineup at 8am is backed up on County Roads leading to the park. Reminder-when full capacity is reached no day-use permits are able to enter, including seasonal passes. You must plan ahead. pic.twitter.com/yiYoNUZm46— Thomas Wayne Harris (@mediatommy) July 25, 2020
Sandbanks has been warning the public about increased wait times lately, and advising them to consider visiting on days that aren't on a sunny July weekend when crowds can be anticipated.
Awful to see the sandbanks area reduced to a solid standstill of vehicles pumping out fumes, the car park full, ferry queue horrific and still more vehicles tried to come. There must be a better way 🤦— Martin Jolly (@martinpauljolly) July 26, 2020
Beachgoers in Ontario have been asked to continue to respect measures like physical distancing and mask-wearing, but there have still been throngs of people packing together to party on the sand at Woodbine Beach and even having dance parties on Cherry Beach in recent days, to the dismay of locals and health officials.
Meanwhile, Toronto Mayor John Tory has asked everyone to use their best judgment when visiting a beach or park, and to turn around and leave if things seem a little too busy, lest another Bellwoods incident take place and delay Stage 3 in the city even more.
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