Latest Information Regarding COVID-19
(VISIT FLORIDA updates this page daily)
Here’s the latest information and guidance regarding COVID-19 from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the state Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges all Americans to stay home, avoid non-essential travel, and exercise the following safety precautions in public:
- Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other people.
- Do not gather in groups.
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
- Wear a cloth face covering when around others
All persons in Florida over age 65 and/or with a significant underlying medical condition are urged to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Click here for more information.
Travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Louisiana
All persons traveling to Florida from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Louisiana are required upon entry to Florida to self-isolate or self-quarantine for 14 days, or for the duration of their presence in the state, whichever is shorter. Roadside checkpoints are set up on interstates to check for potential COVID-19 cases coming into Florida from areas with substantial community spread of the virus. The checkpoints do not apply to persons involved in commercial activity or to students traveling for the purpose of academic work, internships, sports training or any other activity or program approved by the educational institution. For more information, click here and here and here.
Effective May 18, counties may seek approval to operate vacation rentals with a written request from the County Administrator and the county’s safety plan for vacation rental operations submitted to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). For more information, click here.
Theme Parks, Attractions
For the latest information on major theme parks and other attractions, refer to these links:
Florida beaches are open, some with restrictions. A county-by-county list appears below.
The Florida Keys
Monroe County reopened the Florida Keys to visitors on June 1. For more information and guidelines, click here.
State, National Parks
The Florida State Parks system has begun offering limited camping availability for guests. At parks where camping is offered, there may also be measures in place to reduce density while honoring current reservations. For details on specific parks, please visit their webpage(s).
Florida's national parks are increasing access and services in a phased approach across all units of the National Park System. Before visiting a park, please check the park website to determine its operating status.
Florida's visitor centers are closed. Rest stops remain open.
Effective Monday, May 18, restaurants and food establishments statewide may allow on-premises consumption of food and beverages so long as they adopt appropriate social distancing measures and limit their indoor occupancy to no more than 50 percent of the building’s capacity. Outdoor seating is permissible with a minimum of six feet between parties. Restaurants statewide can remain open for delivery and take-out services. For more information, click here and here.
Bars and Pubs
Effective Friday, June 5, bars and pubs statewide - except for Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties - can operate at 50 percent capacity to serve seated guests. No bar top service. Social distancing should still be accommodated. For more information, click here.
Gyms, Fitness Centers
Effective Friday June 5, gyms and fitness centers statewide may operate at full capacity with appropriate social distancing and frequent sanitation. For more information, click here and here.
Effective Friday, June 5, in-store retail sales establishments statewide - except for Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties - may open at full capacity if they abide by the safety guidelines issued by the CDC and OSHA. For more information, click here and here.
Effective Monday, May 18, museums and libraries may open at 50 percent of their building occupancy if permitted by local government. For more information, click here.
Movie Theaters, Auditoriums, Bowling Alleys, Etc.
Effective Friday, June 5, movie theaters statewide - except for Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties - can operate at 50 percent of indoor capacity. So can concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades. For more information, click here.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
For updates and guidelines from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, click here.
Florida's Turnpike is temporarily collecting tolls by electronic means only. When you come to a toll plaza, please drive through - do not stop. If you don't have a SunPass or interoperable transponder, you'll be billed through TOLL-BY-PLATE. For more information, check here.
For numbers of known cases of COVID-19 in Florida, the Florida Department of Health dashboard has information plotted by county.
If you have questions about COVID-19 in Florida, go to the Department of Health website, call 1 (866) 779-6121 or email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have Florida travel-related questions, please send them to ContactUs@visitflorida.org.
VISIT FLORIDA is working closely with Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Department of Health to provide you with the most current COVID-19 and travel information. Here’s more you need to know...
Following is a list of Florida’s 67 counties, and some major cities and towns in each. Click a county name to be linked to the most updated information about COVID-19 in that county. This list, which includes information about beaches, will be updated as more information is received.
Gov. DeSantis has directed all travelers to Florida from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Louisiana to self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days upon entry to the state. Click here and here for more information..
All non-essential air travel is discouraged. The CDC has answers to important questions.
The Florida Department of Health advises all individuals who have traveled internationally to follow the CDC’s geographic risk assessment guidelines for current country-specific travel health information about COVID-19.
A No Sail Order for cruise ships went into effect March 14. Travelers should contact their cruise line company directly for further information and continue to monitor the U.S. Dept. of State and CDC for updates.
The Florida Department of Health has issued advisories for:
Other Cruise Resources:
Florida’s residents and visitors should continue to refer to the Florida Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19.
Florida Department of Health (DOH)
U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC)
The CDC recommends that older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions -- the populations most at risk -- should postpone nonessential travel.
Tips From the Florida Department of Health
COVID-19 can spread from person to person, like the flu, through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. People may contract COVID-19 by contaminating their hands with the virus and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth, among other ways.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Florida Department of Health recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
- Staying home when you are sick;
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty, and;
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.