Considerations for public beaches
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Considerations for public beaches

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      As some communities in the United States consider opening or begin to open public beaches, CDC offers the following considerations for steps beach managers can take to help protect their staff and beach visitors, both in the water and on land, and slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

      Public beaches (such as swim areas at oceans, lakes, and other natural bodies of water) may be managed by local, state, territorial, federal, or tribal agencies or private entities. Beach managers can determine, in collaboration with local health officials, whether and how to implement these considerations, making adjustments to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community. Implementation should be guided by what is feasible, practical, and acceptable, and be tailored to the needs of each community. These considerations are meant to supplement — not replace — any local, state, territorial, federal, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, or regulations with which beaches managers must comply.

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      Guiding Principles to Keep in Mind at the Beach -- Promoting Behaviors that Prevent the Spread of the Virus that Causes COVID-19 -- Maintaining Healthy Environments -- Maintaining Healthy Operations -- Preparing for When Someone Gets Sick.
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