Now that the lockdown restrictions are starting to be relaxed, a day out by the coast seems like an ideal way to get out of the house for a bit. But please, be sensible. I'm sure you've all seen the media photos of crowded beaches and read reports of people getting into trouble.
With that in mind, please follow these guidelines for safe visits to the beach:
Social distancing and personal hygiene still matter. Keep away from other people. Make sure you wash your hands regularly, or use sanitiser.
Think before you set off - is this likely to be busy? If so, consider going somewhere else. All the media stories about crowded beaches are coming from a small number of the most popular. So before you set off, take a moment to think about where you want to go.
If it's busy when you get there - go somewhere else. Don't add to a crowd that's already too big.
Don't drive too far from home. Great Britain is an island. There is coast in every direction. There's room for all of us if we're all sensible and stick to our nearest beaches rather than driving across the country to popular beauty spots.
Remember that facilities will be limited. Cafes, bars and restaurants will be closed. Most shops will be closed. The ones that are open are likely to be busy. Try to avoid going somewhere where you will need to buy food and drink while you're there.
Don't swim or engage in water sports if there is no lifeguard. Beaches are dangerous places. Don't risk your safety, and that of others, by being reckless.
If you're the kind of neanderthal moron who thinks that "tombstoning" is fun, then beaches are not the place for you. Really. Wait until the nearest Wacky Warehouse re-opens so that there's something more appropriate to your level of maturity.