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How safe is it to go to the beach now? What you should know

April 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Summer is near, and more people are getting Covid-19 vaccines, so is going to the beach safe now? Here's what you need to plan ahead and have a less risky trip.

(CNN) — With summer around the corner and more people getting Covid-19 vaccines, you may be wondering whether going to the beach is a safe bet.

Even for people who have been fully vaccinated, "nothing is going to be 100% safe, just like nothing is going to be 100% risk," said CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and visiting professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Whether you're at the beach by yourself or with fully vaccinated family or friends, Stewart added, what helps reduce risk is having your own area to relax in.

For times when you may have to be closer to people -- like when you visit the restroom or concession stand -- wear a mask, carry hand sanitizer and wash your hands.

The CDC has advised beach managers to ensure there is enough equipment -- such as chairs and other supplies -- for visitors and that everything is cleaned regularly.

If you need to shower or rinse off at the beach, try to physically distance from others or go in when the area isn't crowded.

Coronavirus commonly spreads through respiratory droplets during close physical contact, so Wen is more worried "about what happens if people leave the beach and end up going to the bar. " Even if people are distanced in places like indoor bars and restaurants, wearing a mask is still best if you might be sharing air.

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