Summer is supposed to be the time of year to gather at the beach with friends, relaxing and enjoying the long days and warm nights. Unfortunately, coronavirus concerns have put a dent in most of our summer plans. Now as we move towards the end of summer, some typical beachgoers find themselves still wanting to host a beach bonfire but unsure how it fits into social distancing guidelines. Fortunately, it is possible to have a safe beach bonfire even in this time. Here are a few things you’ll need to know first:

Check Beach Guidelines

Not all beaches may be open to letting people set up beach bonfires quite yet, due to social distancing guidelines. They may have specific rules, such as wearing masks. They may also have limited hours or access during the quarantine. There may be a limit on the amount of people you can have with you for any particular gathering. Make sure you check the beach guidelines before you start to plan your beach bonfire. Your beach bonfire rental company might also know what beaches will allow beach bonfires and what the guidelines might be.

Be Selective About Guests

In the midst of social distancing, the best thing to do would be to stick to only people you live with for the beach bonfire gathering. However, it’s understandable that you might miss your friends. Try to keep your gathering small, and if you invite anyone that you don’t live with, try to keep six feet of distance between you and them. It’s also a good idea to self-quarantine for two weeks afterward if you break social distancing guidelines with anyone not from your household. Make sure you’re also not sharing food or drinks.

Bring Your Own Food

On any typical summer, a beach bonfire might involve the host bringing hot dogs or s’mores to be roasted over the fire all together. While this offers a traditional sense of togetherness, it’s not advisable if you want to keep to social distancing guidelines. The best thing is for everyone to keep their hands and their food to themselves. So instead, guests can bring their own food to be roasted over the bonfire and their own drinks. The good news about this is that it means everyone will be happy with whatever the refreshments will be, because they’ll be able to choose their own.

Even in these uncertain times, beach bonfires can still be a way to bring the people closest to you together. Whether you choose to social distance with friends you haven’t seen in some time or just have an outing with those in your household, follow these guidelines for a safe beach bonfire that still offers a reprieve and sense of togetherness in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Need a beach bonfire for your upcoming beach bonfire party? On 30A, let Bonfires at the Beach help. Contact us today for more information or to rent your own by calling (850) 308-1013.