Travel Health & Safety Alert
In regards to COVID-19, Franklin County Florida has been following all updates through the Florida Department of Health, Visit Florida and the Center for Disease Control in regards to domestic travel recommendations. At this time, the federal government has not recommended limiting domestic travel. Any travelers should practice the usual precautions. We encourage all tourism industry partners to stay aware of the situation and take necessary precautions.
Franklin County Tourist Development Council has suspended event marketing until further notice and will resume when the events are rescheduled.
Beaches in Franklin County
Pursuant to Franklin County Emergency Ordinance 2020-_, all beaches, beach accesses as well as public beach parking and dune walkover locations in Franklin County are temporarily closed to the public through April 9. Violation of this ordinance is punishable as a second-degree misdemeanor. Click here to download Franklin County Florida Emergency Ordinance 2020-07 issued March 22, 2020 regarding beach closures.
Vacation Rentals & Lodging
On March 27, 2020 Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-87, ordering all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties in Florirda to suspend vacation rental operations. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the duration of this order.
On March 24, 2020 the City of Apalachicola State issued an Emergency Proclamation prohibiting all lodging to tourists and leisure visitors in City of Apalachicola effective Wednesday, March 25 at 12 noon. Click here to download City of Apalachicola State of Emergency Proclamation issued March 24, 2020 regarding tourist lodging.
On March 20, 2020 Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered all restaurants in Florida to shut down their dining rooms and opt for delivery or takeout instead. The order was issued Friday and is effective immediately, meaning only you can only get take-out and delivery at your favorite local restaurants. That also means no alcohol consumption at restaurants. However, the order states that alcohol sales to go with food that is picked-up or delivered will be permitted and I.D. will be required for orders including alcohol. Groceries and others still permitted to sell alcohol, but only if it's sealed for consumption off the property. Additionally, the Executive Order requires the closures of gymnasiums and fitness centers within the State of Florida.
Click here to download the State of Florida Office of the Governor Executive Order Number 20-71 issued March 20, 2020 regarding Restaurants, Alcohol Sales & Gyms
On March 17, 2020 Governor DeSantis has announced that Florida restaurants will be limited to 50% seating capacity and bars will be closing at 5 PM today followed by a suspension of 30 days.
Click here to download the State of Florida Office of the Governor Executive Order Number 20-68 issued March 17, 2020 regarding Bars, Beaches, and Restaurants
Recreational Boating in Florida
Executive Order 20-09 has been enacted to reflect direction from Governor DeSantis, the Florida Department of Health and the CDC. Effective immediately, all recreational boats must be at least 50 feet apart. Each recreational vessel must not have more than 10 people on board.
Visitors to Florida
On March 24 Governor DeSantis issued an addendum Executive Order 20-82, directing all persons whose point of departure originates from outside the State of Florida in an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), and entering the State of Florida, to self-quarantine/self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida. On March 27 the Governor issued Executive Order 20-86, directing all persons who enter the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, to include the State of Louisiana, inclusive of those entering the State of Florida by roadways, to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter.
On March 27 the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners signed and resolution in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Per the resolution, visitors (day trips or extended stays) are to remain in their home, in their primary communities. It also advises and directs a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for visitors entering Franklin County from highly affected areas.
To our partners and businesses, we encourage you to continue to refer to the DOH and CDC as well as Visit Florida’s new website Florida Now for the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19.