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Update July 15, 2020: 

FLORIDA

Case Data for Escambia County

ALABAMA

Under Ivey’s order, citizens must wear a mask in public when interacting within six feet of people from a different household. The order goes into effect Thursday at 5 p.m. and stays in effect until at least July 31, the day the governor’s amended Safer At Home order is set to expire. Among the order’s main points are that each person is to wear a mask or facial covering that covers the nostrils and mouth at all times when within six feet of a person from another household. The order is to be in effect at any indoor space open to the general public, a vehicle operated by a transportation service, or an outdoor public space where 10 or more people are gathered. The penalty for violating the order can result in a $500 fine.

Mask Mandate FAQ

When do I have to wear a mask? You have to wear a mask when you are in public and in close contact with other people. Specifically, the order says to wear a mask when you are within six feet of a person from another household in any of the following places: (a) an indoor space open to the public; (b) a vehicle operated by a transportation service; and (c) an outdoor public space where ten or more people are gathered.

Update June 30, 2020: 

ALABAMA

Today, Gov. Ivey extended the “Safer at Home” guidelines through July 31 (when updated guidelines will be released). She also urged all locals and visitors to maintain six-foot social distancing and to wear masks in public in order to protect themselves and others. These protocols should also be adhered to by restaurants, attractions and other businesses.

The statewide Safer at Home order can be viewed in its entirety here.

Update June 26, 2020: 

FLORIDA

Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide.

Mayor Grover Robinson issued Declaration of State of Emergency 20-03 effective at 5 p.m. today, Friday, June 26, requiring face coverings to be worn by employees and patrons inside businesses within City of Pensacola limits. 

This order applies to City of Pensacola limits and includes the following:

  • An individual in a business must wear a face covering while in a business establishment.
  • All persons who own, manage, or are employed by a business located in the city must wear a face covering while on-duty and having direct or indirect customer contact
This order does not apply to:
  • A child under 6 years of age.
  • A person who has one or more medical conditions or disabilities that prevent wearing a face covering, including anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance. A person asserting this exception for medical conditions or disabilities is not required to carry or produce documentation verifying the health condition to a business or law enforcement.
  • A person who is communicating with an individual who is hearing impaired who needs to see the mouth of the person speaking to facilitate communication.
  • An individual who is obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
  • Public safety, police, fire, and other life safety and health care personnel whose personal protective equipment requirements are governed by their respective agencies.
  • A person in a federal, state, or Escambia County government building.
  • A person exercising while observing at least 6 feet of distancing from other persons.
  • Persons while eating or drinking. It is the intent of this provision that a face covering be worn while traversing a business for ingress and egress, to use the restroom facilities, and while standing when persons are unable to maintain at least 6 feet of distancing.
  • Business owners, managers, and employees who are in an area of a business that is not open to customers, patrons, or the public, provided that 6 feet of distance exists between persons. This exception does not apply to employees who are present in the kitchen or other food and beverage preparation area of a business – those persons must wear face coverings.
  • An individual in a lodging establishment who is inside of the lodging unit, including, but not limited to, a hotel room, motel room, vacation rental unit, timeshare unit, or similar unit.

https://www.cityofpensacola.com/CivicSend/ViewMessage/Message/116356

Update June 18, 2020: 

ALABAMA:

The state’s stay-at-home order expired April 30 and Gov. Kay Ivey has issued several amendments. Retailers and beaches have reopened with restrictions. Gyms, athletic facilities, barber shops, hair salons and nail salons have reopened with certain rules. Restaurants, bars and breweries may allow on-property consumption of food and drink, with certain rules. Starting May 22, new rules were put in place, through at least July 3. Entertainment venues, child care and summer camps are allowed to open, subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules.

FLORIDA:

Update June 5, 2020: 

* Residents from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Delaware, Louisiana and Michigan, as well as Washington D.C are now welcome to book in Florida. NY, NJ and CT are still banned. *

Escambia County updated its short-term vacation rental plan effective Friday, June 5 at 12:01 a.m. This plan was adjusted to name the states that are currently still excluded from travel to Florida based on Executive Orders 20-80 and 20-82. Reservations are not allowed from New York, New Jersey or Connecticut with exceptions for persons involved in commercial activity and students traveling for the purpose of academic work, internships, sports training and any other activity or program approved by the educational institution. Previously, visitors from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana and Michigan, as well as Washington D.C. were not allowed to rent short-term vacation rentals in Escambia County. 

Update May 19, 2020: 

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY- FLORIDA TO ALLOW VACATION RENTALS

• Reservations and stays will be allowed from U.S. states with a COVID-19 Case Rate less than 700 cases/100K residents as of May 15.  This means those from LA, NJ, CT,  RI, DE, MI + NY residents cannot rent currently. See all states and their current case amount at the following link https://www.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/

• Reservations from COVID-19 hot spots identified by the Governor are to be avoided for the next 30-45 days.
• Reservations from international travelers will not be accepted.

Update May 15, 2020: 

The Florida Governor has announced a plan to move into a full phase 1 of reopening the state of Florida. This will start Monday, May 18th. While the Governor did not fully lift the short-term rental ban in his update, he has asked individual Florida counties to submit a reopening/safety plan to his office and he will lift the ban on a case-by-case basis.

Escambia county has been in full support of reopening vacation rentals and will be submitting their request with their safety plan by end of day. We hope to hear of an approval and detailed rental stipulations by early next week. 

Other updates received from the Governor today include:
● Restaurants can increase capacity to 50% for inside dining
● Gyms and fitness clubs may reopen

Update May 8, 2020: 

Today, Gov. Kay Ivey issued an updated statewide health order that goes into effect Monday, May 11. Here are the key takeaways from today’s updated order:

  • Non-work gatherings no longer require a 10-person limit; however, people not from the same household must remain six feet apart
  • Restaurants, bars and breweries may open with limited table seating and six feet between tables; additional sanitation rules and guidelines may apply
  • Athletic facilities (such as fitness centers and gyms) may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines; specific athletic activities are still not allowed
  • Close-contact service providers (such as barber shops, hair salons, nail salons and tattoo services) may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines
  • Beaches are open with no limit on gatherings; however, people not from the same household must maintain six feet of separation

The statewide health order can be viewed in its entirety here.

Update May 1, 2020: 

By order of Governor DeSantis, vacation rentals in FL are banned until an undetermined date. We are currently assisting guests coming in the near future to relocate to one of our Alabama properties or push their stay to a future date. Please be patient with us as we are experiencing an extremely high call and email volume. Thank you for your patience. 

Perdido Key is made up of nearly all small business owners who manage vacation rentals and this has severely impacted our economy. Currently, hotels and resorts in FL are allowed to operate with no restrictions. If you feel that vacation rentals should be allowed to operate as well, we ask that you sign the following petitions to help our voices be heard

https://www.change.org/p/ron-desantis-stop-the-unfair-treatment-of-vacation-rentals-not-fair-to-ban-only-one-industry-sector-especially-one-that-produces-31-plus-billion-for-the-state

https://www.change.org/p/ron-desantis-allow-florida-short-term-rentals-to-reopen

Update April 28, 2020: 

  • Florida: Public beaches are reopening May 1st. Beaches will open 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset. You must remain 6 feet apart and in groups of less than 10. Beaches managed by condo properties are considered private. Each property is able to decide on the timing of the reopening of their private beach and amenities. 
  • Alabama: Beaches are opening Thursday, April 30 @ 5PM. You must remain 6 feet apart from others, and be in groups of less than 10 people by order of the Governor. Pools may reopen if there are less than 10 people in the pool, and must remain 6 feet apart from people not in the same household.

April 16, 2020 

We are living in an unprecedented time, but our Luxury Coastal Vacations team is committed to staying abreast and keeping you informed of the latest developments surrounding the COVID-19 crisis. We appreciate the dedication of all essential staff and our amazing clients. We are confident the heightened measures being taken as set forth by the CDC and state government officials will result in a decrease of new cases in the coming days and weeks. 

All Florida public beaches remain closed through April 30th, 2020. Travelers arriving to Florida for leisure will not be permitted entrance to the state through April 30, 2020 to slow the spread of the virus. In addition, Governor DeSantis has prohibited vacation rental activity in Florida through the end of the month. We encourage you to follow the guidance of the CDC and the government, and we look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful state in the very near future. 

All Alabama public and private beaches remain closed through April 30, 2020. Many buildings in the area have closed completely, but there is not a state order banning vacation rental activity at this time. 

As a result of the crisis, our business hours have been temporarily modified as follows:

9-6 PM, 7 Days a week

Our team is available by phone and email during business hours to assist in any capacity you should need. In any event, you can always count on our staff to deliver the highest level of service. 

Our Operations team continues to be vigilant in combatting the spread of the virus by maintaining elevated cleaning practices to include commercial grade disinfectants. The health and safety of our guests and team members is a top priority, and we will take every action necessary to ensure the wellbeing of all. We are proud of our team’s dedication to keeping our properties safe and sanitized, and we are excited to welcome you to a much-needed beach getaway. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have. Our staff is available 7 days a week via email or by phone at 877-859-0113.