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COVID-19 update – MARCH 23, 2020

We are currently experiencing extremely high call volume, so please be patient with our teams.  We are currently reaching out to all guests arriving between now and March 27th to give them the status of their rental and their alternative options if necessary. For guests arriving from March 28 through May 1, we will be reaching out to those guests weekly.  Guests who are arriving during this period of time should email us at tothebeach@bestbeachgetaways.com

Here is the latest information we have related to the impact of the COVID19 situation on our beaches, businesses, and attractions:

  • Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis, Monday, March 23rd, he is issuing an executive order mandating that anyone arriving on a flight from New York City and the surrounding area submit to self-quarantine for two weeks as he tries to avoid issuing a statewide shutdown similar to other states.
  • Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis, has instructed bars, nightclubs and gyms to close for the next thirty days and for restaurants to limit sales to carry out and delivery with no restaurant seating
  • The city of Panama City Beach has closed public and private beaches until March 26th. They will evaluate and may extend beach closures another week
  • Walton County Beaches (which include towns along 30A as well as Miramar Beach are closed for approximately the next 30 days
  • Seaside, Watercolor, Watersound and Seacrest Beach have closed shops and restaurants and pools until approximately April 30
  • Okaloosa County beaches are closed for approximately the next 30 days
  • Navarre Beach has closed access and not given a date to reopen
  • Anna Maria Island public beaches have closed with no date given to reopen
  • Pier Park in Panama City Beach is closed and will reopen on March 29th. Restaurants in Pier Park remain open for carryout and delivery
  • Silver Sands outlet mall in Miramar Beach is closed and will reopen on March 29th
  • Some of the festivals and events have been canceled, so if you were planning on attending an event, please check with the organizers
  • The beach patrols are going to suggest that any gathering greater than 10 people disperse

If you were planning on coming down to enjoy the weather, just be smart about the things you can do to minimize exposure to COVID19 as recommended by public health authorities:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people (use the 6’ social distance guide)
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

You’ll find more useful information at the Centers for Disease Control COVID19 information site which you’ll find on this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

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