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One York Region beach closed for swimming due to unsafe conditions
July 12, 2021

If you are planning to head to one of York's beaches, residents and visitors are currently being advised to stay out of the water at one beach as they have been flagged as having unsafe swimming conditions. A swim advisory has been posted at the following beach:

Claredon Beach Park - Georgina was tested on July 7 and was determined unsafe to swim in.

As you plan your trip to the beach keep these tips in mind:

1. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30: Reapply at least every 2 hours, as well as after swimming or sweating.

2. Limit your direct exposure to the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest.

Beaches are posted unsafe for swimming when water tests show unacceptable levels of E.coli bacteria. The levels of E.coli are affected by a number of conditions including birds, wildlife and large numbers of swimmers. Swimming in these waters could cause infections of the ear, eye, nose, throat and skin as well as cause diarrhea if the water is ingested.

The beach might also be unsafe or closed because of other environmental conditions including excessive algae growth, flooding, garbage or debris, spills, and bad odours.

Beach water testing results may not always be accurate as conditions can change quickly due to the weather. Test results are intended as general guidance. To confirm the most recent test results, visit York Region Health beach water quality testing and results webpage.