Swim, advisories posted at Centennial and Minet’s Point beaches

Just as summer dawns, beach goers in Barrie are being advised to avoid going into the water at Centennial and Minet’s point beaches.
Based on water sample results from June 22, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) recommended that swim advisories be posted. Staff are currently posting advisory signage and will be re-sampling the beaches on June 24.
A status update will be provided once a decision is made by the SMDHU.
Every summer between June and the Labour Day weekend, the unit collects water samples from public beaches within Simcoe and Muskoka.
“We test the water samples for levels of E. coli bacteria. When elevated levels of E. coli are present in the water samples, the beach may be posted with an advisory warning indicating it is unsafe for swimming, or the beach may be closed,” says the unit.
“Bacteria levels can increase in recreational beach water due to heavy rainfall, cloudy water, a large number of swimmers, a large number of birds, shallow water, wet sand, wind and high waves.”
More on beaches tested within the unit’s area can be found here.
Splash pads, however, are now opening following a brief delay. They welcomed splashers on Saturday. The City worked with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit to confirm that requirements have been met for the splash pads at Heritage Park and Lampman Lane Park to reopen.
The City reminds residents to continue to follow public health guidelines: keep practicing physical distancing, no gatherings of more than 10 people and stay home when you are sick. 
The City’s webpage about impacted city services (barrie.ca/services) will be updated with information as facilities and amenities reopen.

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