Bathers want the beaches to remain open

Des baigneurs veulent que les plages restent ouvertes

MONTREAL – Several swimmers cross the fingers that the beaches of Montreal remain open during the summer, when the Quebec government threatened to close the places where social distancing is not respected.

At the beach of Verdun, up to a maximum of 80 swimmers can enjoy the facilities. A rotation is performed every 45 minutes to let the chance to boaters who are waiting in line to take a dip.

“It is not difficult to keep 2 metres away with the others here,” argued Jean-Pierre Normand, pointing out the swimming area, lifeguard, Monday afternoon. “If they close, we are just going to go for a swim [in the swimming area non-monitored], that’s all,” he added.

His wife, Josiane, also hoped strongly that the beaches remain accessible. “We don’t have pool at home and it is hot this summer, I can’t go in the water games”, she added laughing.

The distance of two meters, however, was easy to keep to the Clock tower beach in the Old Port of Montreal, Monday. Rachel Moreau, who went there, it would be “not logical” to close the place because the rules are respected and that the site is outside.

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