What attracts most South Africans during the festive season is the beach. Coastal holiday attractions are always packed during November and December. Of course, many would want to be in water after being cooped up in their homes for several months due to Covid-19 restrictions.
On a normal year, many would have started planning for the end of the year vacations and outings such as going to the beach.
Since President Cyril Ramaphosa has eased lockdown restriction to level 1, many coastal holiday attractions have opened too.
If you are planning to visit a beach soon for the festive season, even though it is outside, you need to take into consideration many factors in the new normal we live in.
According to the HuffPost, there are steps that you need to consider when planning to visit the beach.
- Consider the location. Covid-19 has not disappeared. There are many beach sites along the coastal areas of South Africa. Try to consider a beach where it is not overcrowded.
- Assess your personal risks. Your own health should first priority and that should determine whether you can go or not.
- Keep your distance. As you have been practicing social distancing, you should continue doing so wherever you are. If you decide to go to the beach, limit your family or group to the people you already interact with daily.
- Wear a mask.
- Bring your own food. If possible, prepare your own snacks and drinks. Even pack your own supplies and toys you will need at the beach.
- Pay attention to capacity limits. Some beaches are big enough to accommodate a lot of people. Make sure that you make reservations prior the visit to the beach.
- Compare your options. Assess risk factors between public and private beaches. Private beaches seem to be safer option.
- Practice general beach safety. Avoid injuries or other unnecessary situations that would lead you to hospital.
- Take a test. If you believe you have been exposed to the Covid-19, get tested to make sure. Also make sure you make use of screening procedures put in place before you enter any place.
Ultimately, it is up to everyone to their part in keeping beaches or any other attraction sites safe as possible.
Remember to also wash your hands or sanitize regularly to curb spreading and getting infected with Covid-19 this festive season.