The Montreal area is getting another way to beat the heat this week. The popular Saint-Zotique Beach is officially reopening to the public on June 24, Saint Jean-Baptiste Day. The government of Quebec allowed public and private beaches in the province to open beginning on June 22.
"The countdown has begun!" the beach wrote on its Facebook page following the announcement.
Saint-Zotique, about an hour southwest of Montreal on the Saint Lawrence River, is a tropical escape close to home.
The sandy beach features thatched-roof cabanas that make it look like a Caribbean retreat — perfect for a day trip for those who are missing the annual vacation south this summer.
In years past, the beach has also had a number of additional activities, like volleyball, a floating obstacle course, and boat rentals.
This year, organizers are imposing some restrictions to keep visitors and staff safe and healthy.
According to its website, the beach is now only allowed to welcome a maximum of 2,500 people per day. In a video posted to Facebook, a staff member explains that it will be operating at 30% capacity.
The wading pool and on-site restaurant will remain closed, as will showers and changing areas. Swimmers are asked to change into their bathing suits before arriving.
Those presenting COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to use any of the aquatic installations.
On the sand, each household will have their own designated area to avoid contact with others.
Organizers also ask that visitors wear a mask when it's not possible to stay two metres away from other individuals. Masks should never be worn in the water, however.
Finally, visitors are required to reserve their time at the beach online.
Residents of the municipality of Saint-Zotique can get in for free. Otherwise, entry is $11 per person older than four.
Ticket sales opened on June 23.
Get all the details below.
When: Opens June 24, 2020
Address: 105, 81e av., Saint-Zotique, QC
Why You Have To Go: For a day at one of southern Quebec's most popular beaches.
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