Are you ready to head to the beach? If so, keep in mind that there’s this thing called the Covid-19 coronavirus still spreading. You may have heard about it on the news in between all those reports about the Covid-19 coronavirus. Therefore, just because some beaches are re-opening doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take the following precautions:
Keep Social distancing
Keep your distance, at least six feet away if not further from everyone else. After all, despite the wind, sun, and waves, don’t forget that the Covid-19 coronavirus may still be around. Also, consider wearing a mask or other facial covering to protect others from you in case you are infected but don’t know it.
The experts agree that while waterborne transmission of the novel coronavirus may be possible, it’s highly unlikely. The bigger threat, even in the water, is being close enough to an infected person to directly inhale virus particles they exhale, sneeze, or cough. As a precaution, practice social distancing in the water just as you would on land. And avoid swallowing water when swimming.
Be Careful in Public Areas
Plan ahead. Try to minimize what you need to touch. Even in places where beaches have opened, their associated facilities—bathrooms and concession stands—have not. These facilities have many high-touch surfaces—doorknobs, toilet handles, faucets—that increase users’ odds of picking up virus particles on their fingers. Make sure you have some alcohol-based hand wipes handy.
Avoid Touching Your Face; Wash Hands Frequently
Don’t feel the need to touch your head with unwashed hands. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Take along a small-size hand sanitizer.
Don’t Forget Beach Safety
With so much of our energy and attention focused on coronavirus safety, common beach precautions might slip your mind. While most beaches open to swimming are likely to have lifeguards on duty, you still need to swim responsibly. And be careful not to wander too far from the lifeguard-protected zone in an attempt to keep your social distance from other swimmers.
Check the Rules Before You Go
Coronavirus-related requirements for beaches may differ among states—and even among neighboring towns. While some are open for all activities without restriction, others allow beach access only for running, walking, swimming, or fishing but not for lounging or picnicking.
Take Beach Essentials
Going to the beach also means having the essential with you to play and stay safe. Check out our beach essentials here.
Hello Leahrae – Thank you for this very important reminder with precautions regarding the Corona Virus. I have witness from the news reports that people are being pretty relaxed about taking things slowly and safely. You wouldn’t think that we are dealing with a deadly virus. You mentioned that the bathrooms at the beaches aren’t open. How could that be? Is that Legal?
I don’t know if it is legal or not, but I know here on Clearwater Beach they are closed. All beaches here in Florida have restrooms closed. I think it is just a way of keeping the virus at bay. I don’t know of the legality but, here in our county they are closed and there are several beaches here in Southern Florida. Thanks for visiting and taking time to leave me comments.
Yeah, I feel this one’s necessary. I feel too many people are starting to become somewhat reckless with the whole social distancing thing. They’ve probably confused by the idea that everything’s more or less coming off of lockdown now and so probably think it’s over. Glad there is someone out there looking out for people.
Also, I found the section on swimming safety insightful. I hadn’t thought of that. I will keep my distance. Cheers, and stay safe.
You are welcome. I live on the beach and yeah, people think they are invincible or are just plain being stupid. There have been protests to open up the bars, I say no. They can’t follow the current guidelines for heavens sake. I am glad you found this helpful.
Hey nice article you have there, your thoughts are indeed invaluable. Thanks for putting the effort in to keep beach goers aware of the precautions we need to take during the coronavirus. I know that I was not familiar with all the information you have provided. I think everyone needs to pay attention to these and stay safe. It will help us stop the spread!
Thank you ! I am glad the information was helpful to you. I appreciate you taking the time to leave me some comments.
Hello there, thank you for this very detailed an informative post, I have often wondered what would this summer look like, how would people behave in the beach or pool, alot has really been running through my head as regarding the post corona world, however these safety tips you’ve given here are very important as they will help in preventing the spread of the virus.
They are definitely important to help stop the spread. I know everyone would like to go on with their normal routines, but we have to get past this pandemic, and stopping the spread is key.
Hi Leahrae, a big thanks to you for putting together this information on staying safe at the Beach.. It is really important information that we all need to follow at the beach, now that some beaches are reopening and people can once again visit the beach. It is indeed very important for one not keep to neglect the fact that coronavirus is still very much available and still spreading, therefore Paramount to take up good preventive measures.. these tips listed here are nice tips for staying safe at the beach.
Thanks it was helpful.
I couldn’t agree more! I appreciate you taking the time to share some comments about my Staying Safe at the Beach guide.
Hello and thank you for sharing this important information with us all on staying safe at the beach. I think that this information is great for anyone who is looking at heading to the beach or going on a beach vacation. I also looked thru your website, and wow you have a love of great information on a lot of spectacular beach destinations. Wonderful! I have bookmarked.
Thank you for visiting beach travel destinations. I am glad you found the information useful for you. Please come back when you are ready to book a spectacular beach vacation 🙂
Hello there once again, thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful piece of information here with us. I must say i really did enjoyed going through your article as it contains detailed information’s one needs to be aware of before going to the beach especially in a time like this, safety first. Thanks for sharing
Safety first is right! Especially during this pandemic.
I read your post about Broome Australia and loved your article so I decided to explore your site some more.
It is crazy how we now have to be so conscientious of everything we do during this Covid pandemic. As de-confinement slowly starts to happen all around the world, people may become complacent and I fear for another huge wave of cases and deaths. I think it is a great idea that you write this post during such a “different” time.
Yes, Cynthia and here in Florida we are in the midst of a second wave and the numbers are higher than they were before. Sad. All people need to do is follow the guidelines. At the beach, they are pretty good about it (probably because they are policed 24/7). But at restaurants, bars, stores, etc, people have forgotten. And we are certainly not ant the end of the road of this pandemic. Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.
Thank you for the warnings, they are vital in ensuring safety when outdoors. Certainly, we are all itching to go out after many weeks of restriction as is evident from the way people are trooping to the beaches to catch the cool breeze and enjoy the waters. While we enjoy this liberty, it is just wise to play safe and keep all recommendations. Better to be alive and well to be able to enjoy more time at the beach.
Agreed! I live close to the beach, and its sad. I missed the beach, but if people keep it up, they will close them again. Our covid-19 are higher now then they were before. 🙁
Hi! Thanks so much for a warm and sweet warning. I wish every body who are travelling will follow the rule. The virus spread faster because people didn’t obey and follow the rule. I’m glad I live in a small town where people are mostly follow the rule. There are no cases in my town, yet, people are very nice and very good in social distances rule. But it’s so hard for some people who want to against the law and so they keep spread the virus. I like the way you write, “it’s short and complete!” Before I traveled a lot, but now I just stay home. But if I go out sometimes, I will remember what you says about the safety rule and read all the sign I see. Thanks again and be safe.
Yes I agree. Here in Florida, it appears to be close to back to normal at the beaches with everyone acting as if there is no virus. And now are covid-19 are rising higher than before. If people would just pay attention and follow the guidelines, it would be better.
Your service to Tourists, through your website, is out of this world!
I have just read and commented on another one of your articles, and I was awestruck by the extent to which you go to provide every bit of essential information a Tourist needs for an enjoyable experience. Now you have gone further to address the issue of safety, an issue that has become ever so important because of the unfolding, devastating COVID-19 pandemic.
And you did such a good job of educating on the necessary preventive measures! Your article is well researched and well illustrated.
Thank you so much for visiting beach travel destinations and taking the time to leave me comments. I do appreciate it and I am glad you enjoyed.!
Wow the coronavirus has reshaped the way of life! To think that this virus could even be waterbourne is mind blowing – highly unlikely or not. This is just a risk I am not willing to take. But, this post is definitely worth sharing for those who are ready to head to the beach.
I head to the beach when ever the sun is out. I take my hand sanitizer with me, and I pretty much stay in my space except to cool off in the water. I don’t know what I’d do if the water was an issue for the virus. I guess just sit and bake on the beach and look at the water longingly lol.
Thank you for the reminder. Yes, it is still an issue. If we are smart and follow the instructions that you have reminded us of here, then we will be much more likely to be and stay safe. But I got to say that I am so over being ready to get out and go to the beach and to many other places. Thanks again!
You and me both. Luckily I live near the beach, and can now go and enjoy. Boy did I miss it! Unfortunately now we are in hurricane season and the weather has not been cooperating for beach visits. Thanks for stopping by and reading my Staying Safe at the Beach post.
A good post to have at these times… Who knows how long the Coronavirus pandemic will last for and even once people are allowed to start going to beaches again, it will be important to following health and safety protocols for a while. Hopefully this won’t be necessary for too long though…
Yes, so true. Here on Clearwater Beach it is patrolled pretty heavily, but you still see people who are not following the rules, risking us to go back to lock down 🙁 I appreciate you taking the time to leave me comments.
All you propose is sensible and I can see why they are necessary at the present moment. I think that social distancing I’d now the new norm and I fear that people will be reluctant to go, after all we all do not want a second outbreak costing more lives. I cannot imagine people using masks on the beach as it can spoil the tan look. I think it would be funny if people people walk around with a half brown and half white face. If we keep everything sensible and avoid overcrowding then everything should be fine.
I think that changing facilities and toilets will be severely affected and that people cannot get changed whilst there unless you actually do it at the beach. Do you think those who flaunt the rules should be fined or something worse?
I know here on Clearwater Beach, the police patrol the beach 24/7….seems pretty boring to me LOL. But I have noticed that on the beach, people are pretty much following the rules and there are less people on the beach. That being said, I have no fear when I head to the beach. I wear a swimsuit cover up and then just put it back on when I leave. I do take hand sanitizer and yes, I have to admit that I don’t wear a mask. But I am in my own 6′ space.