New Beach Blanket Makes Social Distancing Easier

StayAway Blanket
Photo credit Photo courtesy of Mark Lann
By WCBS Newsradio 880
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LONG BEACH, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A new blanket makes it easy to social distance at the beach.

Mark Lann tells WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall that he loves the beach and wanted to enjoy it even with social distancing measures in place.

He noticed signs all over Long Island beaches telling people to keep their beach blankets six to 10 feet apart from one another. 

Lann, a resident of Long Beach, decided that he could invent the “StayAway Blanket.” 

He says he drew up several sketches and created a few prototypes until he found something that worked. He brought it to the beach and thought it could be perfect.

“You won't get bothered by any of the people are convinced forcing the social distancing over the summer,” Lann explains.

He says at first, he wasn't sure he wanted to go into business with the blanket but that quickly changed.

“I started telling people and everyone aid ‘you have to sell this, everyone’s going to want this,” he said.

The StayAway Blanket is a 15-foot by 18-foot blanket with a cutout in the middle that can fit two normal-sized beach chairs and an umbrella. 

The idea behind the blanket was to create a space around beachgoers where people would be forced to navigate around.

The blanket comes with anchoring stakes and has gravity pockets that can be filled with sand to help hold it down. 

The StayAway Blanket is currently $65 and can be ordered on the StayAway Blanket website.

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