Going to a beach has always been a good idea. Summer or not, a beach is always the best place to relax and unwind. This could have been a good idea especially now when the pandemic situation has caused us great stress and discomfort.
Going to a beach has always been a good idea. Summer or not, a beach is always the best place to relax and unwind. This could have been a good idea especially now when the pandemic situation has caused us great stress and discomfort. But after a few months of being compelled to stay home to protect ourselves from the virus, the stay-at-home restrictions are being gradually lifted. Restaurants have again opened their doors for their customers to dine out, can we also say that it is now safe to relax at the beach at this time? Here are some questions that you might have.
Going to the beach, much like other outdoor activities, is considered low-risk just as long as you take the necessary precautions.
It should be understood that it is no longer the same beach experience as it was before the pandemic. There are some guidelines that must be followed. If before the beach is livelier with more people, this time there is a need to limit the number of people to avoid overcrowding. It is not the beach that is unsafe, it is the exposure to a large crowd of people which increases the risk level of contracting the virus.
Don’t head to the beach without taking some time to get to know the rules and requirements of the beach you are heading to. Find out if the beach is open, do they allow swimming, or is it just open for sunbathing. Also, make an effort to know the beach’s capacity limits, schedule, and most importantly, their requirement in terms of social distancing and wearing masks since this can vary among different localities. Being aware of these guidelines can help you manage your expectations and save you from disappointments.
Traveling by personal vehicle might be a better idea than using public transit. As much as possible, choose options that allow you to be less exposed to crowds.
Although it is said that being outdoors is safer than being indoors, social distancing of about six feet distance from others is still necessary. This should apply in every aspect of the beach - be it boardwalks, parking lots, and even in the water.
Choose a spot where there are fewer people in the water. Of course, the possibility of not being able to find a spot might be possible so it is advised to have a mask in handy in areas where it is social distancing might be impossible. However, do not bathe in the water with your mask on. Leave the mask on your towel when you go into the water.
It is a better idea to go to the beach with the people within your household than with people you were not “quarantined” with. You are can enjoy your beach experience with less worrying since you live in the same household, you know at least their practices in keeping themselves protected from the virus and you have an idea about their exposures.
Going to the beach with friends can also be possible but it can be riskier. If you are planning to go with your friends, ensure that each one of you is not feeling sick. Make sure each one wears a mask and of course, maintains social distancing. Also, it is safer to bring your own items for your personal use, like sunblock, towels, etc. It is not a good idea to pass objects between groups.
Remember that a beach is a public place. You can be exposed to people you don’t know might be carrying the virus. Also, be mindful not to touch anything without sanitizing your hands for your safety and the safety of the others.
When in enclosed spaces like restrooms and snack bars, ensure that you are wearing a mask since the air movement is limited in these areas, the viral particles can get trapped and be transferred easily. Take further caution in enclosed spaces since it could be too small to practice social distancing as well.
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