Beaches around the country are reopening after weeks of government-mandated closures due to the coronavirus. Now that most schools are officially on summer break, families want to know how they can enjoy some summer beach time while maintaining social distancing.
An outing to the beach can be a healthy, safe activity for the family as long as you keep in mind 4 simple tips.
CHOOSE THE LESS CONVENIENT SPOT
When you arrive at the beach, look for a spot to set up that won’t be as popular. Stay away from access points to the public showers and toilets as well as food vendors and store fronts. Normally, these are the best places to set up your beach blanket – but not when you are trying to social distance. Pick a spot out of the way from crowds where you can claim your space.
SET UP A ‘HOME BASE’ WITH PERIMETERS
Once you’ve found your beach spot, set out large beach mats to stake out a big spot on the sand. You want to make at least a 6 foot border around yourself to discourage any other people from setting up too close. We like to use the 6′ long Mountain Mat beach mats to spread out as a border.
BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND DRINKS
Plan to bring an ice chest stocked with food and drinks for your trip to the beach. Not only will this keep you from waiting in food lines with crowds (assuming restaurants are open), but it will save money too.
BRING YOUR OWN SAND TOYS/NO COMMUNITY SAND CASTLES
While people are social distancing, kids won’t be able to run around and play with new friends at the beach. You can help keep beach time exciting and fun by bringing a few new sand toys to play with. A big bucket and a sturdy shovel are always good!
COVID-19 doesn’t have to cancel your beach plans – just do your beach trip with some common sense to keep your family safe with social distancing.
Jennifer Hillberg is the Founder and Creator of Mountain Mat, LLC, the USA’s first 100% recycled plastic, reversible, outdoor recreation mat. As an avid outdoor recreationalist, Jennifer has hiked and camped in some of the world’s most remote places alongside her husband and three children. Learn more about The Mountain Mat Story.