Despite the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, it is possible to enjoy your favorite outdoor water activities by keeping these important safety precautions in mind before you make a splash.
If you continue with the same safety precautions we've been practicing for the last few months (handwashing, social distancing, disinfecting, and wearing a face mask), then heading outside to enjoy the water can be done safely or with minimal risk. A reminder, health officials believe that people are the most likely way the virus is spread, and it has not been detected in water.
Some things to consider before you head outdoors:
- Plan ahead and check the rules and requirements of the pool, beach, lake, river, or waterfront area you plan to visit. Do they have new hours or time limits? Are facemasks mandatory? Are there items you are not allowed to bring?
- Bring your needed supplies to ensure your safety. If there are communal chairs and equipment, remember to bring disinfectant wipes to clean any areas you or your loved ones will be touching.
While in the water remember these safety guidelines:
- Per the CDC, facemasks are not meant to be worn in the water, as they will not be effective when wet and can make breathing very difficult. Also, consider bringing an extra mask for each person as they can easily get wet while enjoying your day.
- Practice social distancing in the water.
- Make sure to wash your hands frequently, even after swimming.
When out of the water, things to remain vigilant about and to keep in mind include:
- Are you continuing to practice safe social distancing remaining 6 feet away from others?
- Is the beach or pool too crowded? Consider going to an area less crowded or off the beaten path. The fewer people you encounter (who are not a part of your household) the better.
- Continue to wash or sanitize your hands
- Put your mask back on when you out of the water, especially in areas like restrooms or food service areas when it is more likely to encounter others
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