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Heading to the beach? CDC has some new guidelines for you to stay safe from COVID-19

Beachgoers may want to learn how to protect themselves from COVID-19 spread

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In this May 23, 2020 file photo, people gather on the beach in Port Aransas, Texas. Beachgoers are being urged to practice social distancing to guard against COVID-19.

In this May 23, 2020, file photo, people gather on the beach in Port Aransas, Texas. Beachgoers are being urged to practice social distancing to guard against COVID-19.

Associated Press

Heading to the beach during the coronavirus pandemic may not be a walk in the park. But the CDC has shared a number of recommendations on how to stay safe.

TheCDC suggests that spending closer and longer time with people who don’t live together raises the risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus.

CDC said: “The more an individual interacts with people he or she doesn’t live with and the closer and longer each interaction is, the higher the risk is of getting infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.”

But the CDC has shared a number of recommendations for staff and beach visitors, hoping to help people both groups safe from COVID-19.

The CDC recommends:

  • Beach managers should encourage cloth face coverings for staff and visitors. Coverings should be worn when visible and at times when social distancing is impossible.
  • Staff and beach visitors should stay at least 6 feet apart, especially if they do not live with the other people there at the beach.
  • Beach visitors have the highest risk when they’re not physically distanced.
  • Beach visitors should stay home if they have any COVID-19 symptoms. Those who stay home should monitor their health.
  • Limit the amount of people in small spaces.
  • Carpool only with people in their household.
  • Maintain good hygiene etiquette.

Bigger picture:

These recommendations come as the CDC has been honest about how to embrace normal ways of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, the agency recently shared the best items to carry with you when you’re running errands, which I wrote about for the Deseret News. Another recommendation centered around how to use hand sanitizer during the pandemic, too.