(North Bay, May 29, 2020) Beaches at Elks Beach Conservation Area on Trout Lake, off Hwy 17 and Eva Wardlaw Conservation Areas, on Lake Nipissing off Lakeshore Dr. North Bay, are now open effective May 29, 2020.
The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority adds that there are two restrictions in place: any persons using the beach must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres (six ft) from other people on the beach, other than those with whom they live. Social gatherings of more than five people on the beaches and in the conservation areas remain prohibited due to Provincial COVID-19 Restrictions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
If you arrive at a beach that is too busy or crowded, NBMCA asks to wait or return another time when there is enough space to properly practice physical distancing. If public gatherings or physical distancing on the beach become an issue, NBMCA may consider closing the beaches.
All NBMCA conservation areas and trails, except for Mattawa Island Conservation Area, are now open to the public for passive use. Mattawa Island remains closed at this time.
The opening of beaches aligns with the province's gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions on outdoor recreation amenities, including expanded access to municipal parks and open spaces and allowing the use of benches, picnic tables and other shelters.
Sue Buckle, Manager, Communications and Outreach705-474-5420 ext 2010