Bellevue announced that lifeguards will be monitoring swim areas daily at five beach parks through Labor Day.
The city announced this week that the swim areas at Enatai, Meydenbauer Bay, Chism, Clyde and Newcastle Beach parks will have lifeguards noon-7 p.m., seven days a week, through Sept. 7.
Chesterfield park will not have lifeguards for the remainder of the summer as the city stated it was a small park with less use.
The decision follows several Lake Washington drownings in August.
People are not required to wear face coverings while swimming, but should wear them when unable to stay at least six feet away from others. Beach lifeguards do not wear masks when they are sitting in the elevated lifeguard chairs so that they can communicate safety messages clearly to park visitors.
Swimmers are advised to know their physical limits, understand the water conditions and swim in areas with lifeguards. More information about Bellevue’s swim beaches is available at Parks & Community Services.