Seaside reopens with social distancing changes

Seaside visitors will have to wear masks when shopping in retail stores. (WJHG/WECP)
Seaside visitors will have to wear masks when shopping in retail stores. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: May. 29, 2020 at 7:22 PM CDT
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Seaside is back open, but if you're heading out there, you may want to pack your patience because there are some changes.

Folks didn't waste any time getting back to Seaside, it's already packed, but if you're planning on going there, you'll want to be mindful of changes to restaurants, shopping, and even the beach.

The Seaside Commercial District has been quieter than usual since it closed in March.

More than two months later, tourists are back.

It's a day restaurant owner and Chef Jim Shirley has been waiting for.

"Man I cannot tell you, it's been a crazy ride, we are so happy to be back open. My crew is so excited to be back at work and we're just loving it," said Shirley.

Seaside Executive Director of Communications Kerri Parker says the new guidelines will help keep people healthy.

"We want to elevate the Seaside experience while making sure that social distancing and safety is our number one priority," said Parker.

Shoppers will have to wear a mask whenever they enter a retail store, and may have to wait in line outside before entering.

On the beach, the public will only be allowed access if they rent from Cabana Man, so they can make sure people are staying at least six feet apart.

"By having Cabana Man manage our beaches, we are able to provide a safe and elevated experience here at Seaside," said Parker.

Personal belongings like coolers, umbrellas, tents and chairs will not be allowed on the beach.

The Seaside Commercial District has also added more outdoor seating to encourage people to social distance.

Beach chair rentals can be found on the Cabana Man website.

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