Bay Beach re-opening with capacity limitations

FORT ERIE (June 1, 2021) Bay Beach (also known as Crystal Beach) will re-open to the general public once the Provincial Stay-At-Home order is lifted (expected June 2). Beach capacity restrictions will be put in place (2000 maximum) to allow for proper physical distancing. 

“Our 2000 patron capacity limit is aligned with public health guidelines,” says Tom Kuchyt, Chief Administrative Officer. “Last year, we imposed strict restrictions on Bay Beach to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Thanks to everyone’s efforts to keep cases low, we’re happy to say Bay Beach is open to residents and visitors this summer.”

To access the beach, beachgoers will be required to present one of three 2021 Bay Beach passes (resident, commercial or day). Beach entry will be based on a first come, first serve basis and proof of residency will not be required when entering Bay Beach.

Once the order is lifted, Resident Season Passes ($10) and Day Passes ($5) can be purchased at the Bay Beach main entrance from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily (cash, credit and/or debit accepted). Children 10 years and under are free. Day Passes can also be purchased at Bay Beach electronic terminals (credit or debit only) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until the beach reaches capacity. 

Fort Erie short-term rental operators can purchase Commercial Season Passes for $100 each. The passes are transferable to renters and will be available for purchase once the Province moves into Step 1 on its Reopening Plan (expected June 14). 

Beachgoers are encouraged to visit to review beach rules and the real-time beach capacity tracker before heading to Bay Beach.


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