Summer is quickly approaching, and that usually means sunny weather, days spent outdoors, and regular trips to the pool or beach. After all, being outside comes with major health benefits, especially for our kids. These benefits include increased vitamin D production, more physical exercise, and even a boost in our mood. However, with health risks surrounding COVID-19 still present, it’s essential to take extra precautions to keep your whole family safe this summer.


CDC Guidelines for Coronavirus

To help keep us all safer when visiting parks, beaches, pools and lakes, the CDC has prepared helpful guidelines to protect families, and especially children, from increased exposure to coronavirus. Here they are in a nutshell.


Before Your Trip

Try to avoid traveling too far from your home, and make sure you avoid areas that are prone to overcrowding. Bring plenty of hygienic necessities like hand sanitizer – you’ll be using it  frequently. If someone in your family is experiencing or has experienced any COVID-19 symptoms, you must stay home. Additionally, it’s helpful to do research ahead of time so you’re aware of the safety protocols in the place you’re headed to. This will also help you to choose destinations that are taking measures to ensure the safety of their guests.


In the Water

Whether or not you set foot in the water, practicing social distancing is essential. Although COVID-19 isn’t necessarily spread through the water, it is spread from person to person, so keeping your distance is best, even while swimming. Try to take your little ones somewhere less crowded, so they can swim without getting too close to others. You don’t need to wear a mask while in the water, but be sure you and your children are covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.


Outside the Water

Just like while you’re swimming, it’s important to continue distancing yourself from others while lounging by the pool or playing in the sand. Try to choose a location where there is adequate room to spread out and keep you and your children at least 6 feet away from others. After you’ve left the water, it’s a good idea to wash your hands and use hand sanitizer. It’s also recommended that you and your little ones wear masks while outside the water.


General Sun Safety

In addition to protecting you and your family against COVID-19, it’s also important to remember the basic safety precautions you should be taking during a day out in the sun. Wear sunscreen at all times, and make sure your child is especially protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Keeping hydrated is also essential for long periods of time spent in the sun, especially if you’re swimming or doing any other type of exercise.

Here at Coastal Kids, we’re here to help you and your family enjoy those summer days. To see the full list of CDC guidelines, click here. Now, get out there, have fun and stay safe!