Summer’s unofficial start looks different than normal at Smith Mountain Lake

Bridgewater Marina has new guidelines in place to follow social distancing guidelines

MONETA, Va. – As Virginia works to slowly reopen amidst the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses are limited to outdoor operations only.

While that’s good news for some businesses at Smith Mountain Lake this Memorial Day, it’s far from business as usual.

For many, spending Memorial Day at Smith Mountain Lake is a summertime tradition, but this year, it's an experience that's anything but traditional.

“It’s just nice to get out of the house and see other people out of the house,” said Brittany Massey, who’s visiting the lake.

After weeks of stay-at-home orders, many people are celebrating a new normal.

“Oh, it feels great! It feels really great,” said Sheila Mohab, who’s also visiting the lake.

On top of the bathing suits and boats, hitting the lake comes with a few more essentials this year. For some, that means cleaning supplies and face masks.

“My father, he's in remission now, but he was undergoing cancer treatment until recently. He's got just a susceptible immune system and I think the asymptomatic feature of this virus is scary as well, so just looking out for pops, making sure we're doing our part to not spread it,” Mohab said.

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