Sylvan Lake is committed to fighting overcrowding in the waterfront

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Sylvan Lake officials are looking to avoid a repeat last weekend, when restacs surged onto the beach, sparking overcrowding and physical distancing concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The resort town of central Alberta is introducing new measures this weekend to keep the crowd in check while maintaining a somewhat “normal” summer experience.

“We do not believe that ill will was intentional on July 11, regarding overcrowding,” the city said in a press release on Friday.

“However, visitors must be more vigilant about respecting health and safety rules regardless of the circumstances.”

City officials acknowledged that its beach was at full capacity or almost on Saturday, with public outcry over the lack of distance and other public health measures in place. The waterfront will remain open this weekend, the city said, but visitors will notice some differences.

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