Belle River Marina Boat Launch Opens for 2020 Season
The boat launch at the Belle River marina will be open today, Wednesday May 13 at noon. The Belle River Marina BOAT SLIPS & DOCKS REMAIN CLOSED at this time. The boat launch will operate under normal “off-season procedures” until the marina can open. (No charge for launch.)
Mayor Tom Bain stated “Lakeshore’s fishermen and women have been eagerly waiting for the boat launch to open. I am very happy the boat launch is open today and I am confident the guidelines will be respected so everyone can enjoy one of our most popular pastimes – fishing.”
Although the boat launch is re-opening, COVID-19 precautions and emergency orders remain in place. As such, signage is in place at the boat launch reminding residents, no congregating of more than 5 people, practice physical distancing (remaining two metres or six feet apart from others) at all times while loading/unloading boats, and while on the waterways. Fishing remains open in Ontario, and the Municipality requests residents follow all fishing rules and regulations as set out in the Ontario Fishing Regulations.
Under the provincial orders, marinas are not allowed to open, but marina staff are preparing for reopening in the near future. The Town will wait for provincial direction to decide the opening date of the Belle River Marina.
The Municipality is also reminding residents that, while parks and specific amenities like boat launches are open, other amenities remain closed under the provincial emergency orders. Those closed amenities include playground equipment, benches, washrooms, and picnic tables. The Town recommends patrons bring sanitizer to clean hands as facilities are not open