Lifeguards face new set of protocols ahead of Memorial Day weekend

Being a lifeguard has all sort of challenges on its own, but in the wake of COVID-19, guards face a new set of difficulties to deal with.

News 12 Staff

May 22, 2020, 7:18 PM

Updated 1,523 days ago

Share:

Being a lifeguard has all sort of challenges on its own, but in the wake of COVID-19, guards face a new set of difficulties to deal with.
Town of Hempstead lifeguards are adding in several new safety procedures, including being socially distant in their chairs, wearing masks and sanitizing regularly.
If a rescue is initiated, the guard will pull the person to shore, then a pit crew light response will be initiated. Whereas some guards will wear full protective gear, special respirator masks will be used to reduce mouth-to-mouth contact.
Lifeguards will also have to be taken to a decontamination shower after a rescue.
"There won't be any hesitation from the lifeguards, there's just a lot more information we have to give them that in the past this information, didn't exist on this level, but it is something new and something that's a challenge," says Hempstead Town Chief Ocean Lifeguard Mike Romano.
State beaches are instituting similar protocols. It's something lifeguard union president Brad Helpworth never thought he'd have to do.
"It is a fluid situation, it's a unique situation. We've never had a situation like this, but we are doing everything we can to ensure safety," he says.
At Point Lookout Beach, guards made more than 3,000 rescues last year. They're expecting similar numbers again, even with the pandemic.
Hempstead officials say they have their new procedures in place and ready to go for Memorial Day weekend.
 
 


More from News 12
1:27
Riverhead BOE approves plan to bring resource officers to schools

Riverhead BOE approves plan to bring resource officers to schools

2:02
Cloudy skies, muggy conditions and rain showers on Long Island

Cloudy skies, muggy conditions and rain showers on Long Island

0:27
Farmingdale parent files lawsuit in connection to deadly bus crash

Farmingdale parent files lawsuit in connection to deadly bus crash

0:26
Police: Suspect wanted for robbing Stop & Shop in East Meadow

Police: Suspect wanted for robbing Stop & Shop in East Meadow

0:18
Volunteers plant trees at Oakdale facility for people with developmental disabilities

Volunteers plant trees at Oakdale facility for people with developmental disabilities

0:28
Police: Suspect arrested for burglarizing Macy’s at Green Acres Mall multiple times

Police: Suspect arrested for burglarizing Macy’s at Green Acres Mall multiple times

1:45
Long Beach School Board renews talks to close elementary school following survey results

Long Beach School Board renews talks to close elementary school following survey results

2:01
Pilot, passenger from Virginia identified as victims in MacArthur Airport crash

Pilot, passenger from Virginia identified as victims in MacArthur Airport crash

0:23
Police: Third teen arrested for causing $600K in damage to Shelter Island home

Police: Third teen arrested for causing $600K in damage to Shelter Island home

1:04
Smithtown boy returns home from South Carolina after being stranded from global tech outage

Smithtown boy returns home from South Carolina after being stranded from global tech outage

1:59
Police: 2 men arrested for running construction scam targeting older adults in Floral Park

Police: 2 men arrested for running construction scam targeting older adults in Floral Park

1:38
Optimum donates $2,500 to Henry Viscardi School following wheelchair basketball game

Optimum donates $2,500 to Henry Viscardi School following wheelchair basketball game

1:43
Roosevelt man accused of series of crimes that resulted in injuries to 2 Nassau County officers

Roosevelt man accused of series of crimes that resulted in injuries to 2 Nassau County officers

1:50
New mental health clinic opens at NUMC

New mental health clinic opens at NUMC

0:18
Police: 3 men wanted for stealing $6,000 worth of sunglasses in Lake Grove

Police: 3 men wanted for stealing $6,000 worth of sunglasses in Lake Grove

0:20
Big Lots to close stores nationwide, including 2 locations on Long Island

Big Lots to close stores nationwide, including 2 locations on Long Island

0:16
Riverhead police chief announces departure from department

Riverhead police chief announces departure from department

1:48
Made on Long Island: Long Island Meal Prep in West Hempstead

Made on Long Island: Long Island Meal Prep in West Hempstead

0:43
Toys for Tots Foundation helps campers celebrate Christmas in July

Toys for Tots Foundation helps campers celebrate Christmas in July

AP survey: Harris has enough delegate support to become the Democratic Party nominee

AP survey: Harris has enough delegate support to become the Democratic Party nominee