CDC Advises Beachgoers To Wear Face Coverings


What’s the latest trend in beachwear? It should be face coverings, according to a series of recommendations released by the CDC, which also advocates social distancing while you’re out at the shore and, of course, staying home if you’re sick.

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released a series of recommendations for public and private beach managers, as communities consider opening or begin to open their beaches. These recommendations include a list of behaviors that prevent the spread of COVID-19, which include:

Staying Home When Appropriate: Staff and beach visitors who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days should be encouraged to stay home and monitor their health. Those who have symptoms of COVID-19, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are awaiting COVID-19 test results should be encouraged to stay home or self-isolate.

Social Distancing: Staff and beach visitors should stay at least six feet away (both in and out of water) from people they don’t live with. This does not apply to emergency situations, including the rescue of a distressed swimmer, provision of first aid or emergency evacuations. Staff and beach visitors are advised to carpool and vanpool only with people in their household.

Cloth Face Coverings: Use of cloth face coverings should be encouraged among beach staff and visitors. Face coverings should be worn when feasible and are most essential at times when social distancing is difficult. Those wearing cloth face masks are advised to not wear them while in the water, because they can be difficult to breathe through when wet. Because of this, it’s particularly important to maintain social distancing while in the water.

Beach staff and beachgoers are also advised against sharing food, equipment, toys and supplies with people they do not live with.

Click here to read the complete CDC guidelines.

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