Lifeguards return to Barrie beaches, City reminds boaters of restrictions during airshow

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Summer officially arrived June 21, but for those looking for the signs of summer, it could be today (June 28) when lifeguards take their posts on Barrie’s beaches.
City lifeguards will be on duty at Centennial and Johnson’s beaches starting today from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting.
Signs will be posted to note when lifeguards are on duty and buoy lines will mark the designated supervised swimming areas. There is no supervision available at any of the other waterfront locations, including Minet’s Point Park Beach, Tyndale Park Beach, Heritage Park Water Feature, and Wilkins Beach.
Once again this summer, the City of Barrie is partnering with the Canadian Red Cross for the PFD Loan Service. This program allows visitors to borrow Personal Flotation Devices for FREE (a $10 refundable deposit is required) from the lifeguard office at Centennial Beach and Johnson’s Beach during times that lifeguards are on duty. More than 260 people participated in the program in 2018. For more information about Barrie’s beaches, visit barrie.ca/beaches.
While lifeguards will be on duty this weekend, residents are reminded that water restrictions will be in place to ensure the safety of both the public and participants during the Barrie Air Show. The following restrictions will be in place on Friday, from 12 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, from 12 – 5 p.m. Times may be extended if the air show is delayed.
• A safety line will be placed in the water from Johnson’s Beach to Minet’s Point Park, which will be enforced by the Barrie Police and their service partners on Lake Simcoe. Public viewing by boat will be permitted east of the safety line. 
• Boating and water-based activities will be restricted west of that line, including boating, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and SUPing. Centennial and Johnson’s beaches are within the restricted area.
• Barrie Marina and Tiffin boat launches will be closed all day June 28 and June 29 until 5 p.m. Boaters are encouraged to use nearby public launches, including Innisfil, Orillia area and Shanty Bay.

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