It's not safe to swim at Amphitheatre or Moonlight beaches: Sudbury health unit

Signs warning swimmers of the presence of blue-green algal blooms are posted at Moonlight Beach on Friday. John Lappa/Sudbury Star

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Swimming at Amphitheatre Beach at Bell Park and Moonlight Beach is not safe right now, Public Health Sudbury & Districts said Thursday.

The agency has posted signs warning people of the danger. A swimming advisory is a precautionary notice that informs the public about specific risks to health and safety, and that beach water quality is not suitable for recreational use at this time.

The move is the result of routine water samples exceeding the acceptable bacteriological water quality standards, Public Health Sudbury & Districts said.

Going into the water when bacteria are present in high concentrations puts bathers at risk for infections. Illness can occur if swimmers swallow beach water; if water gets into their ears, eyes, or nose; or if it comes in contact with open wounds.

“We have enhanced our monitoring and will continue taking water samples,” Cynthia Peacock-Rocca, a manager with Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ Environmental Health Division, said in a release.

Public Health Sudbury & Districts will notify the public when the bacterial levels return to acceptable standards for bathing beaches. For information about beach water quality, visit