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LETTER: Resident 'outraged' by big crowds at local beaches

Letter writer says with hot weather, it should have been easy to predict big crowds and says the city should have been proactive, patrolling these spaces
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Couchiching Beach Park and Moose Beach were very busy on the weekend - despite the pandemic and its related restrictions. Dave Dawson/OrilliaMatters File Photo

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As a long-time Orillia resident, I am outraged at what I saw (Sunday) afternoon at Couchiching Beach Park. 

My family and I drove through the park around 1 p.m. today and saw very large groups of people on the beach ignoring social distancing guidelines.

Shortly after we left the park I called to report the behaviour, only to find out from the operator that they’ve been getting calls all day about the situation. 

If you’ve been getting calls all day, why is there still a crowd of 1,500+ people on the beach? 

It’s a beautiful, hot, and sunny day outside. It’s very easy to predict that the public beaches in our city will be utilized today. Regular patrolling of these public spaces should occur to avoid this situation from happening again. 

As a long-time resident I am beyond disappointed in the City of Orillia for not being proactive enough that our residents feel safe enough to use our own beautiful beaches and parks. If you feel the same, please sign this petition.

Today's number of attendees at the park was easily comparable to days like Canada Day, boat shows, and fairs. 

I hope now that this has been brought to your attention we as the concerned residents of our Sunshine City will see some sort of solution for the safety of our residents.

McKenzie Davies