Thursday, June 25, 2020

Toronto Island Ferry Service returns June 27

Long shut off from the rest of the city, the Toronto Islands will be a destination once again as Mayor John Tory, Councillors Joe Cressy and Pasternak announced the island ferry service resumes Saturday, June 27, 2020. Only one ferry has been running to the Islands since Covid-19 precautions took place, limited to those that live on the islands. Beaches have not been closed by the Province as part of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act so the Island beaches should be ready for swimming - including Hanlan's Point clothing optional beach.

Not only will the ferries run but the bathrooms and some restaurants will be open as well, thank goodness.

As the Waterfront Business Improvement Area says: The ferry service will have a number of COVID-19 precautions, developed in consultation with Toronto Public Health, to protect passengers and staff. These include:

Ferries will operate at 50% maximum capacity
Ferry tickets will be limited to 5,000 per day and must be purchased online at
Passengers will be required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings.
Visitors are encouraged to travel outside of peak times (avoid the ferry from 9:30am-12pm, 3:30-6:30pm). 

A map of the Toronto Island Park
The view from Hanlan's Point beach
Here is what the City is saying about beaches as of June 25, 2020: "Provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders, the City bylaw on physical distancing, and laws prohibiting consumption of alcohol on City property and in unlicensed public areas remain in effect. With the warm weather, the City’s beaches are seeing very high volumes of beach-goers. At many beaches, littering, bonfires, alcohol consumption and public intoxication, and individuals not practising physical distancing are recurring problems. Individuals visiting beaches and parks should use litter bins provided, leave alcohol at home, and, if a park or beach is too busy to safely practise physical distancing, come back later or head to an alternate location. The COVID-19 enforcement team continues to patrol parks and beaches, particularly problem areas, with a focus on providing education. Yesterday, the City received 83 complaints related to parks use and physical distancing. Officers have spoken to or cautioned more than 6,500 people this month. Bylaw officers issued 11 tickets yesterday in City parks or squares."

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