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Swimming beach update

Here's the latest on lifeguard staffing and water-quality closures.

Seattle now has lifeguards at five beaches: Magnuson, Madison, Mount Baker, Pritchard and West Green Lake.

Mount Baker Beach, which had been closed because of high bacteria counts, has now reopened.

Though lifeguards are there, what is allowed at swimming areas is very different than it was before the pandemic. In order to avoid close-contact rescues, no one is allowed to go more than chest-deep in the water. 

Everyone has to wear masks on the beach and maintain 6 feet of from those not in their household.

The lifeguards will be on duty 2-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting.

Closed beaches

Public health officials check the swimming beach water quality at water sampling stations on Lake Washington and Green Lake every Thursday.

After testing on Aug. 13, the following beaches remained closed: Madrona Beach in Seattle, Enatai Beach in Bellevue, and Gene Coulon Beach in Renton.

The high bacteria levels mean that going in the water increases the risk of catching diseases spread through feces. It is unsafe to swim, wade, or let your pets swim in the water.

For more information about the closures, including the data on bacterial counts, visit King County’s page on swimming beach monitoring.


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