As beaches battle crowds amid reopening, people flock to Tybee Island
Monday, May 25, 2020
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Crowds were a bit of a problem over the weekend at beaches across the country, including along the Georgia coast.
People flocked to Tybee Island, where some say the crowds made it hard to keep up with social distancing.
The weekend was especially tough for lifeguards who just started their summer season a week ago. They've had to make sure people are following the rules, especially watching after kids.
"You know, if you're coming out here to the beach with your kids, make sure you keep an eye on your kids," said Matt Harrell, interim fire chief at Tybee Island. "It's really easy in these big crowds for one of your kids to get, even 50 feet from you."
Georgia Department of Natural Resources officers are also patrolling the beaches. They say there have no been any major issues they've had to break up, but they encourage anyone who is worried about the crowds to just avoid the beach for now.