Coronavirus Information in Regards to 30A / South Walton Travel
*** SCROLL down for the latest 30A Area Coronavirus UPDATES ***
The 30A Escapes Team is closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 in Florida, more commonly known as Coronavirus. A couple of the ways in which we’re monitoring COVID-19 are via the Florida Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control. In addition, we’re working with local officials to stay up to date on the most current information and how it affects 30A / South Walton.
Our team is taking many preventative measures to mitigate the chance of spreading any such virus. These measures include but are not limited to:
– Wiping down all electronics, drawer pulls, door knobs, handles etc.
-Washing hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
-Using hospital-grade hand sanitizer.
-Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth, as well as shaking hands.
-Advising all employees who display any symptoms of the flu or a cold to seek medical assistance and avoid the workplace.
-Our housekeeping policy includes sanitizing measures provided by the American Chemistry Council’s guidelines for cleaning in commercial settings list in between guest stays. In addition, we launched a new "CLEAN Escape" initiative that takes our cleaning and safety to the next level.
The safety of our guests, owners, and employees is now and always our highest priority.
We’ll continue to monitor this unprecedented moment in time closely as it relates to South Walton / 30A FL and make adjustments as needed. In addition, we will continue to update this page over the coming days so feel free to check back.
Thank you all for your time and we hope to have you stay with us on 30A.
30A Escapes Team
30A Area / South Walton local Mask policy... Currently, there IS NOT a "must wear mask" mandate in South Walton County Florida. However, some stores / boutiques do require a mast to be worn. The vast majority of 30A area restaurants, boutiques, and services are open for business.
Update 1/21/2021 - Updated South Walton COVID-19 vaccine distribution locations... wjhg.com
Update 10/12/2020 - 30A and Northwest Florida region reports 64 new COVID-19 cases... nwfdailynews.com
Update 9/10/2020 - COVID-19 deaths in 8 county Northwest Florida region top 300... thedestinlog.com
Update 9/10/2020 - Florida bars can reopen at 50% capacity September 14... wjhg.com
Update 9/9/2020 - Number of New COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Appear to be Falling... nwfdailynews.com
Update 9/4/2020 - Updated 30A / South Walton area COVID-19 cases... newsherald.com
Update 8/31/2020 - Walton County and the Florida's Emerald Coast continue to report fewer new COVID-19 cases... crestviewbulletin.com
Update 8/28/2020 - Latest City-by-City Coronavirus Cases in South Walton County and the Rest of Florida.... parklandtalk.com
Update 8/27/2020 - Florida Department of Health Issues Daily Update on COVID-19... floridadisaster.org
Update 8/24/2020 - Okaloosa health department head reports encouraging covid-19 signs... nwfdailynews.com
Update 8/20/2020 - Latest City-by-City Covid-19 Cases in 30A / Walton County and the Rest of Florida... parklandtalk.com
Update 8/18/2020 - Positive Coronavirus tests have dropped in Okaloosa and Walton Counties... nwfdailynews.com
Update 8/13/2020 - Coronavirus case numbers again show signs of flattening in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties... nwfdailynews.com
Update 8/12/2020 - Coronavirus death total continues to rise as cases fall kaloosa, Walton County, Santa Rosa Beach... nwfdailynews.com
Update 8/11/2020 - Florida’s Creative New COVID-19 Campaign Aims to Keep Tourism Open... travelpulse.com
Update 8/10/2020 - Good news! Bay County confirms 9 new COVID-19 cases, fewest in weeks... newsherald.com
Update 8/10/2020 - Idyll Hounds Brewing Company in Grayton Beach shared the following update via Instagram... "One of our back of house staffers has tested positive for COVID. After further internal discussion and an abundance of caution we’ve decided to completely CLOSE until we are able to get our entire staff tested and while we thoroughly clean the facilities. Sorry for the inconvenience. Please stay tuned for more updates." @idyllhounds
Update 8/10/2020 - Latest City-By-City Covid-19 Cases in Walton County and the Rest of Florida... parklandtalk.com
Update 8/5/2020 - Walton County to buy rapid-test equipment to address COVID-19 / Coronavirus... nwfdailynews.com
Update 8/3/2020 - Optimistic / Positive coronavirus trends continue in Florida as DeSantis announces quicker test results. The number of COVID-19 patients in Florida hospitals continued to decline Monday, and the percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive was in the single digits for the second day in a row... waltonsun.com
Update 8/3/2020 - Latest City-By-City Covid-19 Cases in Walton County and the State of Florida... parklandtalk.com
Update 8/1/2020 - Florida Department of Health releases Saturday COVID-19 update... wjhg.com
Update 7/29/2020 - CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Outbreak reported at Okaloosa youth facility, 3 more deaths reported locally... waltonsun.com
Update 7/29/2020 - A mask ordinance is not expected for Walton County / 30A... mypanhandle.com
Update 7/27/2020 - New cases reported in daily Northwest Florida / South Walton COVID-19 update... wjhg.com
Update 7/27/2020 - South Walton Beach lifeguards adapt to COVID-19 preventative measures... waltonsun.com
Update 7/24/2020 - Daily Walton County / 30A COVID-19 update for Florida released... wjhg.com
Update 7/23/2020 - Panama City Beach just passed an ordinance that requires employees and customers to wear masks while inside businesses. This goes into effect Monday at 5 p.m... twitter.com/wjhg_tv
Update 7/22/2020 - The Pearl Hotel Rosemary Beach shared the following about their rooftop bar on Instagram... "Rooftop hanging open daily to the public, weather permitting"... @pearlrb
Update 7/22/2020 - The Meltdown 30A Grilled Cheese food truck in Seaside, FL shared the following via Instagram... "No more standing in line, but you can order ONLINE (link in bio) for contactless pay & pick up! We’re making sure everyone stays safe"... @meltdown30a
Update 7/22/2020 - COVID-19 death toll continues to climb in Northwest Florida... thedestinlog.com
Update 7/22/2020 - Despite grim Coronavirus numbers, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says state is ‘turning this thing back’... Waltonsun.com
Update 7/20/2020 - 30A area Coronavirus UPDATE: Cases continue to rise in Santa Rosa Beach, Fort Walton Beach and Milton... nwfdailynews.com
Update 7/20/2020 - 30A area grocery stores such as Publix and Winn-Dixie are now requiring customers to wear masks while in the store.
Update 7/19/2020 - Northwest Florida COVID-19 UPDATE: Okaloosa reports 3 deaths, Santa Rosa with 2 deaths - statewide, deaths approach 5,000... starfl.com
Update 7/18/2020 - Walton County holds free drive-thru COVID-19 testing... mypanhandle.com
Update 7/15/2020 - FLORIDA CORONAVIRUS: Okaloosa, Bay and Santa Rosa counties now each reporting more than 1,500 cases, 255 under 18-years-old... nwfdailynews.com
Update 7/14/2020 - FLORIDA CORONAVIRUS: Cases continue to rise in Destin, Milton and Santa Rosa Beach... nwfdailynews.com
Update 7/13/2020 - CORONAVIRUS FLORIDA: Walton County reports 10th death; state continues to lead country in new cases... waltonsun.com
Update 7/12/2020 - CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Santa Rosa and Bay County numbers rise faster than others... nwfdailynews.com
Update 7/10/2020 - Coronavirus in Florida: What you need to know Friday, July 10... pnj.com
Update 7/9/2020 - Coronavirus Live Blog: Week of July 6 Walton County and Surrounding Area COVID-19 update... wuwf.org
Update 7/7/2020 - CORONAVIRUS IN FLORIDA: Another death reported in Okaloosa - Navarre and Santa Rosa Beach see double digit increases... thedestinlog.com
Update 7/7/2020 - Walton County Officials tout busy, but safe Fourth of July weekend on 30A... waltonsun.com
Update - 7/6/2020 - CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Eastern Florida Panhandle county shows virus growth; state passes grim milestone, Walton County COVID-19 numbers... starfl.com
Update 7/3/2020 - SWFD Beach Safety Division prepares for holiday weekend on 30A... mypanhandle.com
Update 7/3/2020 - Rosemary Beach businesses finally seeing a spike in sales since Coronavirus quarantine... mypanhandle.com
Update 7/3/2020 - 30A / South Walton area 4th Of July week events still on... sowal.com
Update 7/2/2020 - The following information is from the Rosemary Beach Board of Directors meeting today... "8 pm BEACH CLOSURE: At the regular Board of Directors meeting today, the Board voted to close the beach at 8PM (rather than 10PM) to mitigate the crowds of teenagers gathering after dark. Please be advised that POA Security will, with the assistance of the Walton County Sheriff's Office, ask those remaining on the beach to leave at 8PM. Beach bonfires with proper reservations through the Rosemary Beach POA Beach Service will be allowed to continue until 10PM. The beach (Rosemary Beach) then remains closed until 5AM the following morning. This will continue until further notice."
Update 7/1/2020 - South Walton expecting thousands of 30A visitors for Fourth of July weekend... wjhg.com
Update 7/1/2020 - FIREWORKS ROUNDUP South Walton and surrounding area: Who is having fireworks and who is not because of COVID-19? waltonsun.com
Update 7/1/2020 - Tourism numbers higher now than last year in Walton County in spite of Coronavirus... mypanhandle.com
Update 6/30/2020 - The Red Bar in Grayton Beach is expected to re-opening soon... mypanhandle.com
Update 6/30/2020 - FLORIDA CORONAVIRUS: Santa Rosa Beach, Milton and Fort Walton Beach with more cases... nwfdailynews.com
Update 6/30/2020 - DESTIN OFFICIALS: No shutdowns - The city of Destin FL is not looking at shutting things down again, at least for now... waltonsun.com
Update 6/30/2020 - Coronavirus Florida: These beaches are open, closed for July Fourth holiday... floridatoday.com
Update 6/29/2020 - Hub 30A in WaterSound shared the following... "Officially 4th of July week! Be sure to check out this week's Hub Happenings." @hub30a
Update 6/26/2020 - Florida closes bars again as COVID-19 cases spike... heraldtribune.com
Update 6/26/2020 - We received the following information today via the Walton County TDC... "We just received the attached emergency order from the office of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. This order will take effect immediately, and bans the sale of alcohol for on-premise consumption for businesses that derive more than 50% of gross revenue from sales of alcoholic beverages." Emergency Order 2020-09
Update 6/25/2020 - Many Fourth of July events in South Walton canceled due to COVID-19... wjhg.com
Update 6/25/2020 - COVID-19 prompts cancellations, suspensions, rescheduling of 30A Events... thedestinlog.com
Update 6/25/2020 - 30A Seaside Commercial District implements curfew - The Seaside Community Development Corp. (SCDC) has implemented several safety measures in effort to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus... wjhg.com
Update 6/22/2020 - South Walton Beaches packed as pent-up vacation demand blossoms... waltonsun.com
Update 6/15/2020 - Tourists feel safe coming to South Walton... wtvy.com
Update 6/4/2020 - Walton County short-term rental restrictions have been lifted on Louisiana visitors...nwfdailynews.com
UPDATE Tuesday 5/19/2020 - The short-term Rental Ban has been Lifted in Walton County! Walton County Commissioners are holding an emergency meeting today at 2 p.m. CST to discuss. Watch Meeting Live YouTube
Update 6/2/2020 - The Rosemary Beach Board has acted to re-open the 4 community pools (Barbados, Cabana, Coquina, and Sky pools) not later than this Friday, June 5th at 9AM. These pools will be then be open daily on a “first come, first served” basis (no reservations) and as follows:
- The pools will be open from 9AM to 5PM each day for general use. A POA staff person will be present to check amenity passes, generally monitor activity, and to keep furniture and supplies in order.
- Social distance and personal hygiene per CDC guidelines (see link below) will be required as a condition of entering the facility, and patrons not complying will be asked to leave. Masks are discretionary, and should not be worn while swimming.
- Additionally, the SKY pool will be open from 6AM to 9AM each morning for Lap Swim only, and POA staff will monitor on an hourly basis to check amenity passes and generally monitor activity.
- Seating capacity (furniture) will be reduced to provide 6 feet of spacing between sets of loungers. Furniture may not be moved without staff permission and assistance.
- Staff will sanitize frequently touched surfaces such as door/gate hardware, restrooms, pool railings, and furniture not less than once daily, and will ensure that there is an adequate supply of hand sanitizer and wipes available for patron use while using the facility.
- Staff will have the discretion to limit the number of patrons/bathers or temporarily close a pool if conditions are such that social distance and personal hygiene are excessively difficult to maintain, such as due to excessive numbers of patrons present, running out of sanitizing supplies, or a need to clean or re-establish furniture layout.
We will open each pool as soon as signage, supplies, and furniture layout are in place, not later than this Friday, June 5th.
Update 6/4/2020 - The Louisiana Travel ban to South Walton will end on Friday 6/5 per Governor Ron DeSantis latest Executive order!
Update 6/2/2020 - Walton County releases results from drive-thru testing sites... wjhg.com
Update 6/1/2020 - Endless Possibilities: The Beaches of South Walton... myneworleans.com
Update 5/29/2020 - 30A Seaside commercial district reopens... thedestinlog.com
Update 5/19/2020 - Walton County Board of County Commissioners is holding an Emergency Meeting this afternoon at 2 p.m. CST to discuss the End of the Short-Term Rental Ban. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and take appropriate action on the lifting of the Short-Term Rental Ban. You can watch it live on Youtube here... Watch Walton County Board Discuss Official END OF SHORT-TERM VACATION RENTAL BAN
Update 5/20/2020 - Vacation short term rentals open in Florida Panhandle... wjhg.com
Update 5/19/2020 - Ban lifted on short-term vacation rentals in Florida Panhandle... wtxl.com
Update 5/19/2020 - Florida Governor reopens short-term rental properties in Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties... crestviewbullentin.com
Update 5/19/2020 - Rosemary Beach shared the following via Instagram... "We’re open! Walton county’s plan to reopen vacation rentals was approved this morning." @rosemary_beachfl
Update 5/19/2020 - The HUB 30A shared the following... "OPEN daily 11am-10pm - Live Music with the Mile 0 Band TONIGHT 6-9pm!" @hub30a
Update 5/18/2020 - Walton County officials submit plan to reopen vacation rentals... mypanhandle.com
Update 5/17/2020 - Walton County submitted their plan for re-opening vacation rentals to the Florida Governor. Read Walton County Reopening Plan
Update 5/16/2020 - As many as 15,000 Walton County jobs at risk under current COVID-19 conditions... thedestinlog.com
Update 5/15/2020 - Here's the Florida Re-opening Full Phase 1 Plan graphic which includes info on vacation rentals... Full Phase 1 Florida Re-opening
Update 5/15/2020 - Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference today in which he announced gyms can re-open in Florida. In his initial statements the Governor did not address the short-term rental ban. However, a reporter asked him about the vacation rental ban and he said the following...
“For the vacation short-term rentals… What we’re doing is telling Counties if you want short term rentals, you request it to be authorized through the State and provide your safety plan. If you tell me you’re going to rent them out to people from New York City, I’m probably not going to approve that, OK? If you’re saying that, you know you’re going to rent it out to people in other parts of Florida or something that could be manageable… If there's ways in that clearly you have an eye for safety then I’m fine. I’m also mindful of the fact that this epidemic, and I said this from the beginning, was not something that was affecting the State in an even way. You had different parts (of Florida) that were more significantly affected. Parts of the Panhandle have been incredibly lightly affected. So they want to be able to do some of these things. So, it’s going to be done on a case by case basis but I am giving them (Counties) the option of submitting a plan, but the plan has got to include you know… How are you going to approach this? What are the safety precautions going to be? Some of them have been upset because we never shut down hotels in Florida. The thing is I have National Guard members I have to put up. I’ve got other people I have to put up. So we needed to have an ability to have hotels. So it’s a little bit of a different situation.”
Update 5/15/2020 - Governor Ron DeSantis is Live talking about Coronavirus / COVID-19 as it relates to Florida... Youtube
Update 5/15/2020 - Governor DeSantis opens the door to return of vacation rentals... cbs12.com
Update 5/15/2020 - PHOTOS: Beach Tourism in South Walton... waltonsun.com
Update 5/14/2020 - The Meltdown on 30A in Seaside shared the following via Instagram... "We're back! Meltdown on 30A will now be OPEN 11am-7pm daily for pick up orders ONLY. Order and pay online for a safe and contactless experience. We ask our patrons to not congregate outside and to follow social distancing practices when picking up." @meltdownon30a
Update 5/14/2020 - Drive-through Coronavirus / COVID-19 testing begins in Walton County, Okaloosa County... thedestinlog.com
Update 5/13/2020 - The Hub 30A next to WaterSound Beach shared the following... "Hub Style! Relax & enjoy some live music with us tonight featuring The Shakedown Duo! 6-9 pm in the covered pavilion!"... @hub30a
Update 5/13/2020 - The Pearl in Rosemary Beach shared the following via Instagram... "Join us at Havana Beach Bar & Grill with limited seating for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Call 850.588.2882 to place your order for curbside pickup." @pearlrb
Update 5/12/2020 - The Walton County Board of County Commissioners voted to extend the current declared state of emergency, but allow beach vending to resume (rental of beach chairs and umbrellas) provided social distancing guidelines are taken and equipment is disinfected between users. Permits for special events will still not be issued at this time.
Update 5/12/2020 - The Walton County BCC voted to send a letter to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis using economic data asking that the ban on short term rentals be lifted.
Update 5/12/2020 - Interesting comments regarding the Florida Short-Term Rental and 30A Beach Vendors in today's Walton County Board of Commissioners meeting... Walton.civicweb.net
Update 5/12/2020 - CORONAVIRUS: Walton County commissioners allow beach vendors to return to work... TheDestinLog.com
Update 5/11/2020 - Emerald Coast Magazine shared the following via Instagram... "The Seaside Commercial District will begin phased reopening on May 29 while continuing to make health and safety the top priority. That being said, the ‘Seaside Experience’ will look and feel different this summer." @emeraldcoastmag
Update 5/10/2020 - CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Walton County records 6 new cases; almost 600 new cases detected in Florida... starfl.com
Update 5/8/2020 - The following info is via the WaterColor HOA Newsletter...
WaterColor Beach Access:
It has been a week since Walton County Commissioners allowed the beaches to open, and there has been no change in that area. All beach access points in WaterColor are now open. Beach chair service is not available at this time per the county's resolution. We will update you if/when that changes. Beach goers should adhere to CDC guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet distance from other groups and not gather in groups larger than 10 people. Towel service is not available at this time to reduce unnecessary contact.
Bathrooms at Beach Access:
There is no bathroom access at the WaterColor Inn. Access to the bathrooms is available on the Beach Club main pool deck, however, entrance must be made at the front entrance of the Beach Club, and only a limited amount of people will be able to enter at a time. A gate attendant will be at the Beach Club entrance from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. to provide access.
The Sand Hill, Marina and Dragonfly pools are open from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Camp WaterColor is open from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. The Canteen Restaurant at Camp WaterColor is serving food and beverage from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. No towel service will be provided to reduce unnecessary contact.
WaterColor 30A Tennis Center COVID Operations:
The WaterColor Tennis Center is now open 7 days a week with some guidelines. They are allowing singles and doubles play and doing lessons for groups up to 4 people per court. The pro shop is currently open from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. There will be someone on site to help with taking payments. merchandise sales, racket restringing requests. etc. You can reserve courts after 2 p.m. by calling the shop at 850-400-3696 or on the online booking system.
There will be a waiver to be signed before tennis play or lessons can begin for each individual.
The Tennis Center is following USTA guidelines (which are listed in the link below) as well as the following:
• No water, cups, towels etc. provided to help prevent the spread of Covid-19
• Ice machine stays locked
• Pro shop remains closed
• Private lessons may be scheduled by phone, 850-400-3696
• Charges can be made over phone or at the tennis center
• On-court lesson guidelines: limit of 4 people per court plus 1 pro
• Individual hoppers for each person (sanitized after every lesson)
• Lesson participants must leave area before next lesson begins
• No social gathering before or after play and/or lessons
• Pro feeds all balls to limit touching by participants
WaterColor Boathouse COVID Operations:
The BoatHouse is open for paid kayak and paddle board rentals with the limited hours of 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Rentals will be "contact-free" and following social distancing guidelines as well as extra caution in keeping all equipment sanitary.
Kayak and SUP rentals can be made by texting 850-419-6188. All rentals will be available for one hour only. They ask that you be prompt for your reservation.
Kayaks and SUP's on the dock will be spaced accordingly as well as organized launch times to ensure they do not go over the 10-person maximum on the dock at one time..
The Boathouse will begin easing back into their fitness programming schedule. Classes are held outdoors and space is limited. CDC guidelines continue to be followed for the safety of customers and staff. Email email@example.com or go to www.runsup.com for signup. Two classes will be offered the week of May 11.
Wednesday - 8:30 a.m. Bootcamp
Friday - 8:30 a.m. TRX Suspension
Update 5/8/2020 - Grayton Beer Company shared the following via Instagram... "30 gallons of sanitizer from @distillery98 made with #graytonbeer deployed to officials from @wcsofl & #southwaltonfiredistrict assisting those families displaced by the wildfire"... @graytonbeer
Update 5/7/2020 - Florida's Emerald Coast Businesses and public areas are opening in phases... waltonsun.com
Update 5/7/2020 - South Walton Fire Department shared the following via Twitter... "WALTON COUNTY COVID-19 TESTING SITES - DOH announced that they will be offering multiple drive-thru COVID-19 testing opportunities throughout the County beginning 5/14/2020. COVID-19 testing is free to all. For more info contact DOH-Walton at 850-401-6453." @SWFDINFO
Update 5/7/2020 - City by City COVID-19 Cases from the Florida Department of Health May 7... parklandtalk.com
Update 5/5/2020 - BEACH GUIDE: Is the beach open? Your guide to Panhandle beaches from Panama City to Pensacola Beach... thedestinlog.com
Update 5/5/2020 - Here's a list of Florida State Parks opened (or partially opened) in phase one... wjhg.com
Update 5/5/2020 - Destin, FL Crab Island Photos from Saturday May 2nd... nwfdailynews.com
Update 5/5/2020 - Okaloosa to fully reopen its beaches today... nwfdailynews.com
Update 5/5/2020 - The Hub 30A located next to WaterSound Beach shared the following... "Happy #CincoDeMayo!!! Get your fiesta on with 1/2 price Hub margaritas & $5 off nachos from local smoke ALL DAY!! Hours: 11am-9pm" @hub30a
Update 5/5/2020 - amici 30A Italian Kitchen in Inlet Beach at 30Avenue shared the following... "In honor of Cinco de Mayo we will be serving our famous handmade amigos 30A margaritas tonight along with our Italian margarita! ?? come celebrate with us from 11am-9pm!" @amici30a
Update 5/5/2020 - Chiringo in Grayton Beach shared the following... "Take your quarantined Cinco de Mayo festivities up a notch! From 12-8pm, we’re serving up Fiesta Pizzas, Queso, Guacamole, Salsa and Margs to-go. Our full take out menu will also be available." @chiringograyton
Update 5/4/2020 - South Walton Beaches photos at Dune Allen, Gulf Place and Okaloosa Island... waltonsun.com
Update 5/4/2020 - Florida Vacation rental ban violations continue to be issued as local beaches reopen... waltonsun.com
Update 5/4/2020 - Pescado Seafood Grill and Rooftop Bar in Rosemary Beach announced the following... "We are opening this Thursday, May 7! The outside terrace is going to be seated on a first come first serve basis. We are not taking reservations for terrace. All tables will be six feet apart. Our Inside dining room will only have 25% occupancy inside and is reservation only. Our bar is not open and there is no standing area around the bar. For reservations, call 850-213-4600" @pescado30a
Update 5/4/2020 - Margaret Ellen Bridal at 30Avenue in Inlet Beach announced the following... "It’s FINALLY THE DAY! Recharged and ready to dress some brides. Our doors are back open!" @margaretellenbridal_30a
Update 5/3/2020 - Big Bad Breakfast in Inlet Beach shared the following... "Beginning tomorrow at 7am we will be back open for dine-in business! We have missed you all and can’t wait to see so many familiar faces!" @bigbadbreakfastinletbeach
Update 5/3/2020 - The Zoo Gallery Grayton Beach shared the following... "We sure have missed our Z00 people! Doors open tomorrow with a Customer Appreciation 20% OFF BACK-OPEN SALE! 10-6pm both locations." @thezoogallery
Update 5/3/2020 - South Walton Fire District to offer help to local businesses reopening... wjhg.com
Update 5/2/2020 - 30A Seaside Chapel board uses wedding revenue, donations to assist displaced workers... waltonsun.com
Update 5/1/2020 - PHOTOS: Beaches open in South Walton, Destin and Okaloosa Island... newsherald.com
Update 5/1/2020 - Beginning May 4, 2020, Last Call Restaurant Group will reopen Shades Bard & Grill Inlet Beach @shades30a and Shaka Sushi & Noodle Bar @shaka30a to the public at 25% capacity inside and abide by the outdoor rules set forth by Governor DeSantis as well. Shades will be open from 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. daily. Parties of 10 or more cannot be seated and the bar will remain closed. Outside seating will be open with tables six feet apart. Info at shades30a.com. Shaka will be open from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. daily. Parties of 10 or more cannot be seated and the bar will remain closed. Outside seating will be open with tables six feet apart. Info at shaka30a.com. Pescado Seafood Grill and Rooftop Bar in Rosemary Beach @Pescado will be open daily - Monday - Saturday 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (1:00 - 4:00 raw bar only). Reservations are required. Parties of 10 or more cannot be seated and the bar will remain closed. Outside seating will be open with tables six feet apart. Info at Rooftop30a.com... @shaka30a
Update 5/1/2020 - The Great Southern cafe in Seaside shared the following... "Chef Joyce, the Paella Queen, is back again this Sunday May 3! Grab your paella TO GO in Seaside! With TWO PICK UP TIMES (5:30-6:00) & (6:30-7:00) and deliver, all through our online store! (Link in bio) $15 per serving, or four servings for $50 (family meal). ?We will also offer a mediterranean salad that feeds two people for $7, or four people for $12. You can pickup behind Great Southern on Sunday at your chosen time (you must choose your time when you order) OR we will deliver with a $30 minimum plus delivery fees and it will arrive between 6-7pm". @greatsoutherncafe
Update 4/30/2020 - Governor Ron DeSantis extended the Short-Term Rental Ban with Executive Order Number 20-112 (Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-step. Plan for Florida's Recovery) - this order will take effect on May 4th, 2020. This executive order banning short-term rentals will remain in place indefinitely until subsequent action is taken by the Florida Governor... The following "Frequently Asked Questions for Executive ORder 20-112" help provide some clarity to this new development.... More answers to FAQs about Gov. Ron DeSantis plan to re-open Florida... floridapolitics.com
Update 4/30/2020 - Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order Number 20-111 (Limited Extension of Essential Services and Activities and Vacation Rental Prohibition) - This order extends until May 4th executive order 20-111 after which Executive Order 20-112 will take effect, which will continue to impact many South Walton businesses including short-term vacation rentals, restaurants and retail businesses.
4/30/2020 - Rebuilt Red Bar taking shape in Grayton Beach... newsherald.com
Update 4/29/2020 - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-112 regarding Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery. Click the following link to read, "Executive Order 20-112 (Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery)"
Update 4/29/2020 - Watch live: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis holds coronavirus briefing... YouTube
Update 4/29/2020 - CORONAVIRUS: Walton County advising potential visitors of ‘new normal’ in beach vacations... waltonsun.com
Update 4/29/2020 - Rosemary Beach announcement regarding their community pools: The Barbados, Cabana, Coquina, and Sky Pools will remain closed through May 15
Update 4/29/2020 - Seacrest Beach Village update regarding the lagoon pool and beach tram... Walton county has opened up the beaches effective Friday, May 1st. Seacrest will commence Tram activity on that day. However, the tram will be limited to one party at a time. So, expect to walk to the beach or experience long waits for the tram. Further, the beach area we are allowed to go on is only 120 feet so depending on the number of people attempting to use the beach Seacrest may impose limits on the number of people or limit different unit and house numbers to certain times. Social Distancing rules are still in effect. The pool will open on Friday, May 1st. Half of the chairs have been removed. Capacity will be monitored by staff and overcrowding of the pool will not be allowed. We will be disinfecting the area as much as possible. The six feet rule applies to the pool deck and in the pool. The pool hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The pool heater will not be on.
Update 4/28/2020 - The Walton County Commission voted Tuesday to reopen their beaches May 1st... mypanhandle.com
- Beaches open May 1 - no time restrictions
- Personal beach chairs and umbrellas allowed as long as you are sitting, not laying down
- You can sit on a towel but not lay down
- No beach vending - revisiting this May 12
- County parks will be open
- Boat ramps will be open
- Golf Courses will be open
- Social distancing will be required in all areas
- Activities include: swimming, walking, jogging, boating, fishing, surfing, paddle boarding, water sports activities
- Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will make a statement tomorrow (Wed 4/29) regarding the phased reopening of the state
- HOA's will have control of pools and sitting at pools
- Walton County Sheriff's Office will enforce social distancing to make sure people don't gather in groups of more than 10 or more
Update 4/28/2020 - Walton County beaches to open without time restrictions... nwfdailynews.com
Update 4/28/2020 - Walton County beaches, parks to reopen May 1 with normal hours... weartv.com
Update 4/28/2020 - The County Commission unanimously voted to reopen under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order allowing recreational activities. Those activities include running, walking, swimming and fishing... mypanhandle.com
Update 4/28/2020 - The Walton County Board of County Commissioners is meeting today 9 am CST to vote on opening the beaches. You can watch live on Youtube here... Watch Here
Update 4/28/2020 - CORONAVIRUS: 30A Seaside Florida taking careful approach to issues of reopening commercial district... thedestinlog.com
Update 4/28/2020 - 30A bookstore shines amid COVID-19 - Hidden Lantern bookstore in Rosemary Beach remains open for curbside and private shopping experiences... newsherald.com
Update 4/28/2020 - CORONAVIRUS BY CITY/COUNTY: Santa Rosa deaths up to 7, FWB and Navarre report more cases... waltonsun.com
Update 4/26/2020 - Santa Rosa, Bay record small increases in COVID-19 cases... starfl.com
Update 4/26/2020 - COVID-19 City by City Cases from the Florida Department of Health April 26... coralspringstalk.com
Update 4/24/2020 - Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson suggests contingency plan for any beach reopening... thedestinlog.com
Update 4/23/2020 - Walton County beaches could reopen on May 1, with some usage restrictions... nwfdailynews.com
Update 4/23/2020 - The result of the Walton County Commissioners emergency meeting was a motion to open all beaches May 1st without time restrictions. The beaches will be open for normal activities but folks must adhere to federal social distancing guidelines. Beach vendors will not be allowed. That motion will be voted on in their next meeting on Tuesday April 28th. You can watch the meeting on Youtube here… View Emergency Meeting
Update 4/23/2020 - Updated Walton County emergency declaration could help businesses with Coronavirus crisis... thedestinlog.com
Update - 4/22/2020 - More Florida beaches set to reopen... There’s a lot of talk about reopening beaches in Northwest, Florida. Okaloosa County commissioners have voted to reopen beaches on May 1st from 6:30 am to 9:30 am and then again from 4:30 to 7... wgno.com
Update 4/21/2020 - Bay County Florida reopens beach at limited times... PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — The Bay County Commission voted Tuesday to reopen the portion of Panama City Beach that is under their authority in a limited capacity... mypanhandle.com
Update 4/17/2020 - South Walton property owners and management companies feel the impact of Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order temporarily pausing short-term rentals... wjhg.com
Update 4/17/2020 - Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson says Airbnb rentals remain a problem. He addressed questions during a Sheriff Live interactive social media broadcast. Specifically, he addressed issues related to the statewide short-term rental ban... thedestinlog.com