Hundreds of people flocked to beaches on Sunday for a “last dip” following the Prime Minister’s announcement of restrictions to be put in place from today. They ignored Dr Rowley’s advice to behave as though new COVID-19 rollback measures were already in place.

On Saturday, Dr. Rowley announced that beaches and rivers would be closed to the public until mid-September in light of the recent spike in Covid-19 virus cases.

These measures took effect from 6 am today. Beaches along the North Coast were packed with citizens on Sunday. Maracas Beach and Las Cuevas felt the brunt of the rush and crowding as long lines of traffic leading to the beach facilities were recorded.

At Las Cuevas, the beach’s Eco Friendly Association reported that throngs of mostly families were at the beaches from as early as 9am.

RISKS AND MEDICAL ASSERTIONS:

Pulmonary and critical care physician Joseph Khabbaza, MD, in an interview with Health Essentials said it’s extremely unlikely for coronavirus to be transmitted by water. He said pools are safe because the virus does not spread by water. “Even if the virus is in a chlorinated pool and that pool water gets in your eyes, you’re not really in danger. It has not been shown to be a way of transmission of the virus,” he said, adding, “once the virus enters chlorinated water, it’s unlikely it’s going to have any kind of meaningful viability, even if it’s a very small amount of chlorinated water.” He however explained that the risk lies in the people around you. “We have to remember the primary way this virus is spread and that’s generally by respiratory droplets,” he said.

The same applies for beach gatherings.  “If you’re sitting in a little circle of your family on the towels or if it’s just your small social circle and you’re adequately spaced from others, a mask is not really necessary in a setting where you’re able to physically distance from others in an outdoor environment,” he said.