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Is this Memorial Day weekend going to be a bit of a beach for you? 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 may be re-opening doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take the following seven precautions:
1. Keep social distancing.
Treat everyone like they were wearing thongs and had major flatulence problems. That is, 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:
Plus, there may be other reasons why you want to keep your distance from others:
Also, consider wearing a mask or other facial covering to protect others from you in case you are infected but don’t know it. Yes, it may not seem to go with your swimsuit unless you happened to use the same fabric but people will like you for your insides right?
2. Take reasonable precautions with the water.
You may be at relatively low risk of catching the virus through the water, as I covered previously for Forbes. Even though the virus may be able to survive in the water, the motion of the ocean can dilute the concentration of the virus fairly quickly. Nonetheless, take appropriate precautions. Continue to keep your distance from others when you are in the water, especially when one of those others is actively having diarrhea in the water. Typically, active diarrhea is not a come hither sign. And for Pete’s sake, and everyone else’s, don’t drink ocean water.
3. Be careful with public areas and objects.
Plan ahead. Try to minimize what you need to touch. For example, consider emptying things out before you go to the beach so that you don’t have to use the public restroom. In this case, “things” doesn’t mean your fanny pack but instead means your bladder and your colon.
4. Avoid touching your face and wash your hands frequently.
That song by The Weeknd “Can’t Feel My Face” applies here as well. Don’t touch that Jupiter-sized thing that sits atop your neck with unwashed hands. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
5. Don’t drown.
“Except for drowning, it was a good trip to the beach,” is not something that people will typically say. Social distancing doesn’t mean stay as far away from the lifeguard as possible. Be extra cautious as the beach may be understaffed so that you may not be rescued as readily should you get into trouble.
6. Protect your skin from the sun.
Staying inside all this time may have left your skin a bit like uncooked dough and thus even more sensitive to sun exposure. Cover up your exposed parts with sunscreen but do it yourself. This is not the time to ask a stranger to put some lotion on you.
7. Follow the bleeping rules.
Check the beach’s rules in advance. Be aware of the opening and closing times. Getting arrested for being on the beach when you are not supposed to be there will ruin a beach trip. Some beaches will not allow out-of-state visitors. So check what state you are in and compare it to what it says on your driver’s license. If wearing a mask is required, cover your face. Do it for other people. Refusing to cover your face does not prove your independence or your masculinity. It just proves that you are not Batman.
Again, just because beaches are re-opening doesn’t mean that it is time to lose all control. You are going to the beach, not invading Normandy.