A little sand and surf may be just what you need—and if you take these steps, you can go worry-free
By Sally Wadyka
May 07, 2020
As the days get longer, sunnier, and warmer, it’s no surprise that people are longing to head to the beach. But ever since the start of the coronavirus crisis, beaches have been a point of controversy—remember the photos of Florida beaches packed with spring break revelers?
Many beaches in the U.S. have been closed for the past month or longer, but recently, some stretches of coastline—including parts of Florida, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, and New Jersey—have reopened to the public. Not surprisingly, the outcome has been mixed.
For example, after certain Southern California beaches reopened the first weekend in May, an estimated 40,000 people crowded onto Newport Beach, causing the state’s governor to temporarily shut all beaches down again. Meanwhile, in New Jersey, officials reported that most beach- and parkgoers followed recommended social distancing guidelines, prompting a promise from that state’s governor to open more of them soon.
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