As we all flock to the beaches for our much-deserved staycation, the COVID pandemic may not be top of mind..The thing is though, it should be, as we come to terms with the new state of the world and the fact that nothing is going to go back to ‘normal’ till a vaccine is discovered. When we were in lockdown things were dictated to us.. Now that we are venturing out, we need to establish a set of personal rules that we feel we are able to enforce. The governments can come up with pages and pages of documentation on what should be done, but unless you are convinced, it is unlikely that you will follow the rules. Before hitting the beach, consider these recommendations.
You Are Not Going to Wear A Mask
The chances of you wearing a mask on the beach are extremely low! Let’s just admit it! This fact means that social distancing is a must. Although beach holidays are generally filled with warm hugs and friendly high-fives, these are best avoided. It is most likely that the beach chairs will be spaced out for you. It will be your responsibility however to keep your distance on private boats and pools. How do you know how far is far? Assume everyone has a really bad flu and keeps coughing and sneezing loudly.
Let’s Face It You Will Touch Your Face
Touching your face is one of the worst things you can do, that is where a mask and gloves come in handy. The make your face harder to access. In the sun, you may feel sweaty, itchy or you may just be applying sunscreen the bottom line is..You are touching your face. Cleaning your hands effectively is of most importance thing you can do before applying sunscreen. The next point will decipher some myths on cleaning our hands.
Effectively Cleaning Your Hands
Not all hand-cleaning methods are created equal, and it is important to know the facts. The chances of you washing your hands with soap and water frequently enough are minuscule. The next best thing you can do is clean your hands down as often as you can with either wet wipes or hand sanitizer that contain a minimum of 60% alcohol. Anything less will be ineffective again the Corona Virus and germs in general.
Human Beings are Surfaces Too
They say you should avoid as many surfaces as physically possible. This means that it is encouraged that you pull out your items once you arrive to the beach, instead of accessing your bag every 10 minutes. Also, as romantic as it is, we don’t suggest you apply sunblock or tanning oil to adult faces and backs.. Sorry. It also is encouraged to first apply sunscreen to children indoors. This creates a more controlled environment where you can wash your hands well before application, and after also. It also guarantees that you won’t need to wipe your hands down on clothing, beach towels and then wet wipes.
Food Spreads Germs
Foods spread germs, the person preparing the food has the responsibility of ensuring that their hands are clean during preparation. Also it is highly recommended that you stay away from shared foods. You know that bowl of peanuts, or crudités ? Avoid like the ‘plague’ 😉 sorry could help it.
With that same reasoning, buffets are also a really bad idea, in addition to street food that is being prepared in the open. It is true that heating food will kill some germs, it is more the preparation that is cause for concern. So its not the shawarma grill itself which is the issue its the salad added to it, the person wrapping it up and of course the plastic bag…
One of the most precious things about beach holidays is the sense of camaraderie and generosity. You can imagine someone standing over the drinks cooler, giving out drinks to those around him.. Not a good idea, especially if it involves casually adding a pre-chopped lime or ice to the mix. Unfortunately these are the sort of things that we will need to live without for the time being. Being aware of how we affect and are affected by COVID can go a long way to curbing it, and hopefully flattening the curve.