Beach cleanup crews having to downsize in order to follow CDC guidelines
By: Dereck Lowe
Volunteers with Keep Martin Beautiful are having to dissect into smaller groups to clean beaches due to coronavirus guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control.
Tiffany Smith, Outreach Director for Keep Martin Beautiful, said instead of having one large group tackle the trash on the beach, groups are having to downsize and clean up over several different sessions rather than one big one.
She said due to COVID-19, volunteer numbers are also down.
"We usually get about 1,000 to 1,500 but we're very proud of the 600 dedicated volunteers that have come out," said Smith.
Thursday's cleanup was part of International Coastal Cleanup, a now weeklong event rather than just one day.