Summer has officially started, and we are ready to enjoy some of our favorite summertime activities. But, the damage in Tampa FL from COVID-19 means we have to do things a bit differently to enjoy our area beaches and pools safely this summer. In addition to the normal summer safety rules, such as wearing SPF, staying hydrated, and avoiding heat exhaustion, we have to take additional measures to protect ourselves and those around us from the spread of the coronavirus.
Dririte has been providing mold removal Riverview FL residents need for decades, but the COVID-19 pandemic has presented new ways for our restoration company to serve our neighbors, such as providing COVID-19 cleaning and disinfecting services and tips.
Stay Up to Date
As the last few months have taught us, it is important to stay up to date on the latest news and restrictions. Things are changing daily. For example, at the time we are writing, the Tampa area beaches are open, and restrictions have been lifted; however, Mayor Jane Castor declared a mandatory mask order for Tampa residents.
Before you head to a beach or a pool, be sure to check online to see if there are any new advisories or regulations. You should also be on the lookout for signage that details the beach or pool rules.
NOTE – According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas […] Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.”
Remain in Your Bubble
After months of social distancing, people are ready to spend time with others. As a result, experts are recommending that families form COVID-19 social bubbles. Essentially, this means you choose a select group of people outside your home who you will interact with while you continue to maintain social distancing with everyone else (or everyone outside your bubble).
The bubble concept is important for families heading to the beach or the pool. Plan outings with your bubble so that your kids can have others to play with without visiting with those outside your bubble or making new friends. You’ll lessen your chances of getting COVID-19 and help prevent the spread.
Maintain Social Distancing
Outside of your bubble, maintain social distancing. It is easy to stay six feet apart from others at the beach. When going to the pool, you may have to be more strategic. Additionally, some pools may limit the capacity to make it easier to practice social distancing.
Wear a Face Mask
As noted earlier, Tampa residents are currently required to wear a mask in indoor spaces. While beaches and pools are outdoors, people are still encouraged to wear face masks – especially when social distancing is difficult. However, you should not wear a face mask in the water. A wet mask makes breathing difficult.
Wash Your Hands
Even though you are going to get wet at the beach or the pool, this does not mean you should skip washing your hands. You still need to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
Don’t Share Your Gear
When you pack your beach bag, pack everything your family will need. This is not the time to share – especially items like goggles or towels. USA Today explains, “The sharing of pool equipment that touches the face and is difficult to disinfect – such as goggles and snorkels – is discouraged, even among patrons from the same household. Any other gear should not be shared with people from outside your home.”
Keep Germs at Home
If you are sick, then stay home rather than potentially coughing, sneezing, or spreading your germs to those you encounter at the beach or the pool. We will all thank you for it.
Stay Home If You are At Risk
Even though the CDC claims the coronavirus cannot spread through pools, experts still recommend those 65 and older, and those with underlying health conditions should stay home.
Clean High Touch Spaces Frequently
For those of you who are simply heading to the beach or the pool for the day, you may want to take disinfectant wipes with you to wipe down tables or other surfaces. We hope that those managing commercial properties and pools are going above and beyond to clean high touch areas, such as door handles, pool chairs, and pool ladders.
Dririte, a Water Damage Restoration Service in Tampa FL, Provides COVID-19 Cleaning Services
In addition to being one of the best water damage and mold remediation companies in Tampa, Dririte has stepped up during this unusual time to provide cleaning and disinfecting services for homeowners and businesses. We are doing all we can to help you and those you care about to stay safe during this time.