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.