I'm planning a trip to the beach at the end of the summer, but I'm afraid it will look very different than the beach vacation we are used to. Here's what is changing at the beach amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Originally I wanted to take the kids to Disneyland this year. It's been 5 years since we have been and I was really excited to go, but the Coronavirus hit and it doesn't look like Disneyland will be open anytime soon. So, we're going to plan B and have decided to venture off to either Lake Tahoe or the Oregon Coast. Before we make plan though, I thought I'd look into regulations at the beach and it turns out that things look very different, at least right now.

According to MSN.com, masks are currently required at LA County beaches, more surprising, you can't sun bathe or have. a picnic on the beach right now. The situation is much the same in Florida and Hawaii, although masks aren't required at many beaches.

So what about Lake Tahoe and the Oregon Coast specifically?

With South Lake Tahoe, local news channel KCRA points out that Lake Tahoe spans two states, California and Nevada. Nevada's stay-at-home order expires today but California's stay-at-home order is still in place. The only boats allowed in the water are boats with a "Tahoe Only" sticker. They are not encouraging tourists and have cancelled their annual 4th of July Fireworks show I was planning on hitting Tahoe in August, but who knows if even that will be too soon.

As for the Oregon Coast, beaches closed down Mother's Day weekend according to local news outlet KVAL and they are discouraging tourism until things get better around the country. They say when things settle, they will welcome tourists back with open arms.

This summer is sure going to look different, but I suppose we'll make the most of it. Stay well, and have a great weekend!

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