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The Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally Is Back On!

We are excited to announce that the fall Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally is back on! Known as “The Most Biker Friendly Rally in the U.S.,” this year’s autumn rally was initially canceled due to the state’s COVID-19 restrictions. However, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordered the state to enter Phase 3 of the Re-Opening Plan on September 25, 2020, which lifted the restrictions which had been blocking the event planners from obtaining a permit to hold the event.

Now that the permit has been approved, the event will be taking place as originally scheduled! Read on for information about the event, as well as safety tips for new bikers and COVID-19 prevention.

Details About the Event

Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally is a biannual event that takes place in the spring and fall seasons in Panama City, Florida. This year’s fall rally is set to take place from October 21st to the 25th at various venues around Panama City Beach.

The rally features entertainment such as live music, hundreds of vendors, a bike parade, beauty pageants, poker runs, live stunts, tattoo contests, bike shows, and more. The best part is that entry to the event is completely free. Parking is free, too! You can view the full schedule of events here.

Motorcycle Safety Tips for Beginner Riders

One of the rally’s most exciting events is the demo rides. If you are new to biking or have always wanted to try, this is a great opportunity to experience what it is like to ride a motorcycle.

If you are planning to ride for the first time, keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Wear the protective gear provided, especially a helmet with protective eye coverings
  • Obey all rules and recommendations provided by your instructor
  • Ride defensively—be vigilant, use your turn signals, and be mindful of other bikers
  • Remember “Loose on Top, Tight on Bottom,” which means to grip the bike with your legs while keeping your upper body fluid
  • Don’t speed—driving too fast can be dangerous even for experienced riders
  • If you have been drinking, do not attempt to ride a motorcycle

COVID-19 Safety Measures

Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, Thunder Beach Productions, the organization in charge of the event, will be putting safety measures in place to ensure the chances of contracting the virus at the event will be low.

This is welcome news after a motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota that took place in August contributed to an estimated 266,796 COVID-19 cases nationwide. The rally, which has been labeled as a “super spreader” event, serves as a cautionary tale for anyone looking to attend the Thunder Beach rally later this month.

At this year’s Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally, large concerts have been canceled and hand washing and sanitizing stations will be added throughout the event’s venues. Employees working the rally will have their temperature taken daily; staff, volunteers, patrons, and vendors will be required to wear masks. Masks will be distributed free of charge to those who don’t have their own. To read about all the rally’s safety protocols, click here.

If you attend the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally, keep COVID-19 prevention methods in mind, including:

  • Wear a mask when in public at all times
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Regularly use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Don’t share food, drinks, or eating utensils with others
  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet between yourself and other people when possible

You can read more about coronavirus safety tips for large groups on the Considerations for Events and Gatherings page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website. To learn more about the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally, visit the official event website here. Have fun and ride safe!

The Pittman Firm supports Florida bikers! If you or someone you know has been wrongfully injured in a Florida motorcycle crash, we are here to help. Contact Panama City motorcycle accident lawyerWes Pittman to receive the legal help and compensation you deserve. The initial consultation is available free of charge.

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