Swim cautions posted at Centennial and Minet’s Point beaches

A sampling of water at two Barrie beaches has cooled off plans to take a plunge in the waters of Kempenfelt Bay.
Based on water sample results from July 20, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has recommended that a Swim Advisory be posted at Centennial Beach and Minet’s Point Beach.
City staff are posting advisory signage and will be re-sampling the beaches. A status update will be provided once a decision is made by the health unit.
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.