OPP deployed to intercept Lake Huron beachgoers
Lambton Shores officials are reportedly working with the Ontario Provincial Police to ensure limit on gatherings are enforced over the weekend. The municipality is warning people not to visit beaches at Grand Bend during the May 24 weekend this year and are prepared to intercept the rule-breakers.
The site writes:
"Lambton Shores officials remind the public that the stay-at-home order is still in effect and the province has encouraged everyone to stay home and only travel for essential reasons. In support of the stay-at-home order, Lambton Shores is not open as usual for the Victoria Day long weekend:
Short term rentals, such as vacation cottages and B&Bs, are not permitted to operate as usual and can only be provided to individuals in need of emergency housing/shelter
Restaurants and outdoor patios are closed for dining
Many tourist activities remain closed
Sports equipment, beach games and gatherings of more than 5 people are not permitted on the beach"
The region will be significantly upping the presence of OPP and by-law officers in the area to help monitor local beaches, parking and noise.
"This is not the type of messaging I look forward to sharing prior to what is normally our first big weekend of the summer," Mayor Bill Weber said in a press release. "But these are not normal times and we are asking everyone to please do your part and stay home for just a little while longer."
“To be clear, BBQs and large gatherings on the beach are simply not allowed at this time,” Mayor Weber continued. “We're counting on everyone to do their part so that things can start opening back up in June. We look forward to welcoming new visitors to Lambton Shores as soon as it’s safe to do so.”