Coronavirus Information in Regards to 30A / South Walton Travel
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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.
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
Update 4/4/2020 – Pizza By the Sea via Instagram… “Yes we are open at Gulf Place and Watercolor locations for lunch special pick up! Just call your order in!”… @pizzabythesea
Update 4/4/2020 – freshii in Inlet Beach at 30Avenue shared the following via Instagram… “NEW- Order groceries through freshii! Skip the grocery store and long online delivery wait times. We’re making it safe for you to stay stocked up on your essentials. Get a box of fresh produce through freshii.” @freshii
Update 4/3/2020 – Walton County Board of County Commissioners – Apr 02 2020 – Emergency Meeting… Commissioners voted to amend Emergency Ordinance 2020-08 to now close all Walton County Beaches in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19… It is now unlawful for people to enter or remain upon any sandy beaches in Walton County Florida… Youtube/WaltonCountyCommissioners — nwfdailynews.com
Update 4/3/2020 – Grand Boulevard at Sandestin shared the following… Missing chips + guacamole? 😋 @cantinalaredo is doing Top Shelf Guacamole for $8 all weekend long!! To-go & delivery with @postmates are available! 📲 Call 850-654-5649! Don’t forget you can get happy hour prices on house margaritas to-go!! 😎 @grandboulevard
Update 4/3/2020 – WaterColor Community Association sent an email that included the following… “This week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a statewide safer-at-home executive order that went into effect today. See the graphic below from the South Walton Fire District that outlines what this means for residents. In keeping safety and health a top priority, and following guidelines from local, state and federal agencies, all pools and the WaterColor Beach remain closed until further notice. This measure will be monitored daily and the Board will evaluate regularly”. South Walton Fire District “SAFER AT HOME ORDER” graphic…
Update 4/3/2020 – Mercantile in Seaside, Florida shared the following in Instagram… “You most likely know by now how much we love @headbandsofhope. We carry their line at all 3 shops. They donate a headband to a child in the hospital for every product sold. HOH is now donating a mask to a hospital for every product sold due to the urgent need during the pandemic. We are proud to support this company and invite you to shop their selection on ishop30a.com. ❤️” @mercantileseaside
Update 4/3/2020 – Merchants of Rosemary Beach made the following announcement… “This years 30A Cornhole Tournament has been postponed to a later date. Now you have more time to sign up and create a punny team name! Sign up and find more information at the RosemaryBeachFoundation.org” @merchantsofrosemary
Update 4/3/2020 – Walton County Closes Private Beaches To Reduce COVID-19 Spread… wuwf.org
Update 4/2/2020 – Beachy Blooms on 30A in Inlet Beach shared the following via Instagram… “Extending a stem to bring sunshine 💐 Even in uncertain times Beachy Blooms is here to bring you a smile. We are out delivering fresh blooms to your porch today and tomorrow. With a portion of the profits benefiting the @foodforthoughtfl we hope to blossom joy in your home and the community.” @beachyblooms30a
Update 4/2/2020 – SoWal’s Craig adjusting to social distancing, online schooling… waltonsun.com
Update 4/2/2020 – 30Avenue in Inlet beach shared the following regarding 30A Burger… “Sometimes you just find that perfect👌🏻sized cheeseburger for exactly your appetite and sometimes that cheeseburger is the 30A Double! @30aburger Order online for no-contact delivery & pickup orders 11-8:30pm daily.”… @30ave
Update 4/2/2020 – CORONAVIRUS BY COUNTY/CITY: Destin has highest concentration in county, statewide numbers spike over 8,000, Franklin still at zero… thedestinlog.com
Update 4/2/2020 – Shades 30A Bar & Grill in Inlet Beach shared their TO-GO + Delivery Menu and said the following, “Here is today’s Take Out menu update! 🍴4/2/20. Open 11am-9pm. Please order online at shades30a.com or give us a call (850) 231-9410. We are offering delivery up to 5 miles!” @shades30a
Update 4/2/2020 – Mr. Freeze at The Hub 30A posted the following via Instagram… “Beautiful spring weather calls for Ice Cream! ☀️🍦 Good news….Mr. Freeze Ice Cream is now available To-Go! 🙌🏼 Order from the take out window at Mile Marker Fifteen! Hours of operation: 11am-9pm”… @hub30a
Update 4/2/2020 – List of South Walton events postponed, canceled… waltonsun.com
Update 4/2/2020 – Black Bear Bread Co in Grayton Beach shared a delicious looking photo as well as updated hours via Instagram… @blackbearbreadco
Update 4/1/2020 – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issues statewide stay-at-home order to curb coronavirus. The order will go into effect at midnight Thursday and last for at least 30 days. The order mandates that Floridians stay home unless they’re going out for “essential services or activities.” weartv.com – You can read Governor DeSantis’s executive order here… STATE OF FLORIDA OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-91 (Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency)
Update 4/1/2020 – Local News Channel 7… Walton County tourism numbers are way down after beach and rental closings… wjhg.com
Update 4/1/2020 – CORONAVIRUS BY COUNTY/CITY: Statewide deaths surpass 100-Okaloosa, Bay and Santa Rosa see more cases… nwfdailynews.com
Update 4/1/2020 – Coronavirus: South Walton neighbors team up to create sidewalk mural… Two families from a local SoWal neighborhood were brought together Sunday through a sidewalk chalk art mural… nwfdailynews.com
Update 4/1/2020 – CORONAVIRUS in FLORIDA: Residents and visitors yearning for sand between toes… waltonsun.com
Update 3/31/2020 – CORONAVIRUS BY COUNTY/CITY: Destin, Crestview, Bay, Walton and Santa Rosa, see more cases… crestviewbulletin.com
Update 3/31/2020 – VIE Magazine posted the following via Instagram… “An update from our friends at the @emerilorg and local Northwest Florida philanthropists: “Earlier this month, we made the difficult decision to cancel the Chi Chi Miguel Weekend fund-raiser in light of COVID-19. For 13 years, Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown has supported charities along the Gulf Coast to inspire, mentor, and enable youth to reach their full potential. There are still so many young people that need our help, and your support is more important now than ever. By continuing our efforts online, we can continue to positively impact youth programs at times when they need it most.” Join Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown on Facebook on April 4 from 5–7 PM for the Chi Chi Miguel Virtual Throwdown & Online Auction!” @viemagazine
Update 3/31/2020 – The Hub 30A posted the following via Instagram… “Get a second helping of #greatamericantakeout! All across the #usa! If you’re on #30a drop in, call in or order online. Open 11am-9pm. ☎️ 850-213-3884” @hub30a
Update 3/31/2020 – WaterColor Inn posted the following via Instagram… “Breakfast in bed – delivered by The Gathering Spot. Well, we’ll deliver it to your doorstep and you can set up the rest. 😉 Call 850.534.5025 between 8 – 11 AM to place your to-go delivery order!” @watercolorinn
Update 3/31/2020 – The Pearl in Rosemary Beach posted the following… “The Cuban 😋 Available for to-go curbside pickup from Havana Beach! Call 850.588.2882 to place your order between 11 AM – 7 PM daily.” @pearlrb
Update 3/31/2020 – amici Italian Kitchen at 30Avenue in Inlet Beach posted the following via Instagram… “now serving alcoholic beverages with food to-go orders… wine by the glass or bottle… bottled or canned beer… daily-special “hand-crafted” margaritas & cocktails… (our famous margaritas are back!)” @amici30a
Update 3/30/2020 – Florida works to enforce incoming out-of-state travel order… With a rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in New York’s tri-state area, there’s growing concern of visitors flocking to Florida. winknews.com
Update 3/30/2020 – Updated from Rosemary Beach POA Team… We are writing to provide you with a brief update on the current impacts of COVID-19 on activity here in Rosemary Beach. In short, the town remains relatively quiet, with some owners and guests moving about the town in small groups, and construction activity continuing. The POA administrative staff are either working from home or working in shifts to maintain social distancing guidelines. Security and Walton County “detail” deputies continue to patrol the town, and our beach and pools remain closed. While some of our merchants have closed until further notice, please be aware that others continue to offer curbside take out service, delivery service, and online options – please follow this link to a Google Doc that is updated regularly, to learn more about and to support our merchant activity… Rosemary Beach Merchants Open / Closed List
Update 3/30/2020 – Stinky’s Fish Camp in Dune Allen Beach cancels annual pompano tournament… thedestinlog.com
Update 3/30/2020 – Sweet Henrietta’s in Seagrove Beach announced the following via Instagram… “Pete and I have closed our Seagrove Beach retail store until further notice. HOWEVER, we are still taking custom orders for any of our baked goods. Please call/text 850.420.4566 or online at sweethenriettas.com to place your order including free delivery!We appreciate the continued support of the 30A community. Stay safe and healthy! We will be back soon!💕 ” @sweethenrietta
Update 3/30/2020 – The Hub 30A is offering a FREE Hub Burgers and fries To-Go for all medical staff today in celebration of #NationalDoctorsDay… @hub30a
Update 3/30/2020 – Bud & Alley’s in Seaside announce via Instagram they are closed until further notice. However, Pizza Bar and Taco Bar in Seaside are still open for takeout and delivery… @budandalleys
Update 3/30/2020 – Grayton Beer Company has moved to Curbside Pickup only out of an abundance of caution. Call (850) 399-7003 when you arrive & we’ll bring out your beers 🍻 Packaged year-round styles plus growlers and specialties available! @graytonbeer
Update 3/30/2020 – Beach & Brew 30A in Seacrest Beach announced new hours via Instagram… @beachandbrew30a
Update 3/29/2020 – Northwest Florida Daily News… CORONAVIRUS BY COUNTY/CITY on SUNDAY, MARCH 29: Santa Rosa, Bay counties see new cases… nwfdailynews.com
Update 3/29/2020 – This via The Melt Down on 30A Instagram… All Chef Jim Shirley operations are closed until further notice. We appreciate your ongoing support both pre and during COVID-19. We look forward to reopening when this passes… @meltdown30a
Update 3/29/2020 – Florida Department of Health Releases COVID-19 Cases by City as of March 29… coralspringstalk.com
Update 3/29/2020 – Art brings Coronavirus humor to Callaway lawn… waltonsun.com
Update 3/29/2020 – George’s At Alys Beach posted the following via Instagram… “View our limited menu online ~ We are now offering online ordering! Visit georgesatalysbeach.com to order or give us a call for take out 12-7pm.” @georgeatalys
Update 3/29/2020 – Merchants of Rosemary Beach posted the following via Instagram… “start your morning off with Amavida Coffee to-go!” @merchantsofrosemary
Update 3/29/2020 – gigi’s fabulous kids’ in Rosemary Beach is offering free local delivery and free shipping while their storefront is closed… @gigisfabkids
Update 3/28/2020 – Black Bear Bread company in Grayton Beach posted the following via Instagram… “Extra thankful for these beautiful days ☀️! Come by our to-go window today, and enjoy your BBBC in a quiet spot outside. NEW HOURS: 7-1 M-Sat and 8-1 Sun until further notice. Online ordering is available!” @blackbearbreadco
Update 3/28/2020 – Hardships abound as Emerald Coast isolates – COVID-19 has caused Emerald Coast visitors to leave and residents to self isolate and take shelter in their homes… thedestinlog.com
Update 3/27/2020 – FL Governor Ron DeSantis issued the following… State of Florida Office of the Governor Executive Order Number 20-87 (Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Vacation Rental Closures) – Read here…EO 20-87
Update 3/27/2020 – FL Governor Ron DeSantis issued the following… State of Florida Office of the Governor Executive Order Number 20-86 (Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Additional Requirements of Certain Individuals Traveling to Florida) Read here… EO 20-86
Update 3/27/2o2o – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis press conference on coronavirus Friday 3/27. Govorner DeSantis is requiring visitors from New Orleans Louisiana to self-isolate for 14 days just like visitors from New York. Florida will be authorize the use of check points on the roads coming in. The Governor also announced the state will suspend any new vacation rentals for the next 2 weeks… Fox10New Youtube
Update 3/27/2020 – Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson fields questions on COVID-19… “We don’t want people in the jail, because we don’t want COVID-19 in the jail.” Watch Sheriff Adkinson here… nwfdailynews.com
Update 3/27/2020 – Great Southern Cafe in Seaside announced they are closing until further notice. Chef Jim Shirley posted the following via Instagram… “We will be closing Great Southern Cafe until further notice. In the meantime, check out our sister restaurants North Beach Tortilla Co. and Farm & Fire Southern Pizzeria, they are still open with to go food (including sushi from The Bay and the world famous Grits á Ya Ya) PLUS online groceries, TP, booze and more.” — @chefjimshirley
Update 3/27/2020 – South Walton neighborhood enjoys social distancing party where everyone stayed home… thedestinlog.com
Update 3/27/2020 – Shades Bar & Grill in Inlet Beach posted the following via Instagram… “Enjoy your favorites from Shades at home! Thanks for sharing @heandsheonwine ❤️” @shades30a
Update 3/27/2020 – Southside Slice in Rosemary Beach posted the following via Instagram… “Stay at home ~ we’ll come to you! Now offering delivery up to 5 miles”… @slice30a
Update 3/27/2020 – Pizza By The Sea – Today’s the day!! We are excited to announce safe delivery from our Gulf Place and Watercolor locations! Here is what you need to know… @pizzabythesea
Update 3/26/2020 – Local 30A businesses feel the impacts of coronavirus. Watch as local News Channel 7 interviews Rosemary Beach store owners… wjhg.com
Update 3/26/2020 – South Walton posted the following via their Instagra… “Our #VirtualBeachVibes series is back this evening with a lineup you don’t want to miss! Be sure to tune in from home (#socialdistancing) as TK Bardwell, Clint Weninegar and Matt Miller perform with Chris Alvarado of @driftwoodguitars. Visit South Walton’s #Facebook page is hosting a live Watch Party TONIGHT at 7:30pm!”… @southwalton
Update 3/26/2020 – COVID-19 RESTAURANT GUIDE: Restaurants in Destin, FWB, South Walton offering delivery, takeout… nwfdailynews.com
Update 3/26/2020 – Pizza By The Sea announcement via Instagram today… “Quick but important update! Our Watercolor and Gulf Place locations are still open for safe carry out and we are working on a safe delivery option! However, because of these unprecedented events, our Seacrest and Market Shops locations are temporarily closed. We would love it if you directed your business to the two open locations!” — @pizzabythesea
Update 3/26/2020 – ou can private message Gigi’s or Stellar to put in an online order! Take a look at the “kids quarantine kits” they have put together. They are offering free shipping and local delivery. Learn more via Merchants of Rosemary Beach Instagram… @merchantsofrosemary
Update 3/26/2020 – Southside Slice in Rosemary Beach is open for Pick Up and Delivery only. Learn more via Southside Slice Instagram here… @slice30a
Update 3/26/2020 – CORONAVIRUS BY COUNTY: Over 500 cases confirmed in 24 hours in Florida, Santa Rosa confirms 3 more… thedestinlog.com
Update 3/25/2020 – WaterColor Inn posted an update on Instagram saying they remain closed but The Gathering Spot and Fish Out of Water are still offering to-go… @watercolorinn
Update 3/25/2020 – South Walton area Event Cancellations / reschedule info via The Northwest Florida Daily New… Nwfdailynews.com
Update 3/25/2020 – The Pearl Rosemary Beach announced they remain close but Havana Beach is still offering to-go curbside pickup… @pearlrb
Update 3/25/2020 – Pure Barre 30A is running an “InstaSale” today at 5 pm. They’re offering huge savings on new retail item. Learn more on Instagram @purebarre30a
Update 3/24/2020 – Walton County commissioners have suspended beach vendor permits as part of an ongoing effort to combat the spread of coronavirus… nwfdailynews.com
Update 3/24/2020 – Walton County beach vending permits suspended… VisitSouthWalton.com
Update 3/24/2020 – Walton County – Board of County Commissioners Meeting – Mar 24 2020 – watch via Youtube
Update 3/24/2020 – The North Beach Tortilla Co. and Farm & Fire Pizzeria in Santa Rosa Beach are converting part of their operations to an online grocery store for the time being… nwfdailynews.com
Update 3/24/2020 – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is ordering travelers coming to Florida from New York and other areas with “substantial community spread” to self-isolate for 14 days… weartv.com
Update 3/24/2020 – Fish Out of Water restaurant in WaterColor is offering To-Go Curbside pickup… @foow30a
Update 3/24/2020 – Thank you 30A Eats for supporting local restaurants. You’ll find a large list of 30A Local Restaurants To-Go / Take-out / Delivery on their website here… 30aEats.com
Update 2/24/2020 – Walton County COVID-19 Coronavirus update and list of closings… TheDestinLog.com
Update 3/23/20 – Duckies Shop of Fun in Seaside announced the following via Instagram… “We are thrilled to introduce you to a new way to shop our stores while our doors are closed ((ishop30a.com)). We will be adding new inventory daily and showing you even more looks on our stories. This site has some of our favorites from Duckies, @mercantileseaside and @disco30a . The best news of all is that everything is 30% off – and the discount will be automatically calculated for you when you check out!”… @duckiesseaside
Update 3/23/2020 – SoWal.com shared some great info here… The Situation in South Walton
Update 3/23/2020 – Area beaches are nearly deserted Monday after Okaloosa, Walton counties vote to close beaches to public to prevent the spread of coronavirus… TheDestinLog.com
Update 3/23/2020 – amici Italian Kitchen in Inlet Beach announced temporary hours 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm. They are open for take-out ONLY at both amici30a & amigos30a… They are currently serving FOOD, BEER, and WINE to-go… tomorrow they will begin serving CANNED MARGARITAS and COCKTAILS to-go as well 😋 please order online at amici30.com or amigos30a.com OR call ahead to 850-909-0555 or 850-909-0444… @amici30a
Update 3/23/2020 – The Bay South Walton – Our online grocery store is now open! You can now order to go food from Farm & Fire and North Beach Tortilla Co and groceries, then pick up by simply pulling up to the red curb at NBTC. We will handle the rest, you don’t need to get out of your car! We have toilet paper, paper towels, meats, cheeses, groceries and more. Plus liquor, beer and wine at cost or under prices. You can order and pay online… @thebaysouthwalton
Update 3/23/2020 – The Bay restaurant has announce they are closed until further notice via Instagram… @thebaysouthwalton
Update 3/23/2020 – Blue Mountain Bakery has adjusted their business hours to 8 AM to 2 PM Monday through Saturday- They also are limiting the amount of people coming in the store front as well as limiting the amount of staff they have working. Starting 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM tomorrow and each day going forward they will have 125 free sack lunches available for local school kids or anyone who needs a quick meal. Learn more via Blue Mountain Bakery’s Instagram feed… @bluemountainbakery
Update 3/23/2020 – Black Bear Bread co in Grayton Beach is taking online orders of cafe menu items per their Instagram feed… @blackberbreadco
Update 3/23/2020 – George’s at Alys Beach is open for Takeout Only per their Instagram feed… @georgesatalys
Update 3/22/2020 – Villages of South Walton pool has been closed… “The Board of Directors has decided with the counsel of the Association attorney to close the pool for 30 days to help in the prevention of the spread of covid-19. The policy will be continually evaluated as the situation evolves. The board feels this is the best action to protect our owners and guests.”
Update 2/22/2020 – Lifting spirits with music in isolation. Through a partnership with Visit South Walton, Chris Alvarado’s “Virtual Beach Vibes” helps local musicians and the community… wjhg.com
Update 3/22/2020 – 30A Burger is open for deliver. Learn more via their Instagram feed here… @30aburger
Update 3/21/2020 – CORONAVIRUS: A by-the-numbers look at Walton County… starfl.com
Update 3/20/2020 – South Walton beaches are closed and being monitored… WJHG.com
Update 3/20/2020 – Navarre Beach closing amid coronavirus, Santa Rosa restaurants take-out and delivery only… weartv.com
Update 3/20/2020 – Alys Beach beaches will close at sunset tonight, Friday, March 20, for the 30-day period in solidarity with the Walton County decision to close public beaches. Learn more via the Alys Beach Instagram feed here… @alysbeachfl
Update 3/20/2020 – Bay County close beaches to stop COVID-19 spread – Panama City Beach closed effective 7 pm March 20… NewsHerald.com
Update 3/20/2020 – Okaloosa County beaches close, effective end of day Friday, March 20. Learn more here… wuwf.org
Update 3/20/2020 – South Walton announced via Instagram tonight’s “Virtual Beach Vibes Series”… Live Local music virtually via Facebook 7:30 pm tonight. Learn more here… @southwalton
Update 3/20/20 – George’s at Alys Beach will be offering TO-GO ONLY tonight, Friday, March 20. Learn more via Instagram here… @georgesatalys
Update 3/20/2020 – Shades Bar & Grill in Inlet Beach is open for Pick Up and Delivery only. On site dining is closed. @shades30a
Update 3/20/2020 – The Bay restaurant is offering TO-GO ONLY with alcohol available for purchase… @thebaysouthwalton
Update 3/20/2020 – Southside Slice in Rosemary Beach offering Pick Up and Delivery. On-site dining is closed… @slice30a
Update 3/20/2020 – 723 Whiskey Bravo Restaurant and Rooftop Bar in Seagrove Beach has announced they are closed until further notice… @723whiskeybravo
Update 3/20/2020 – The Art of Simple in Seaside has announce FREE Shipping on all purchases until they reopen. You can learn more @theartofsimple on Instagram
Update 3/20/2020 – The Pearl in Rosemary Beach has made the decision to close their property. Learn more via The Pearl RMB Instagram… @pearlrb
Update 3/19/2020 – Walton County Emergency Meeting Board of County Commissioners begins at 9:00 a.m. CST today. You can watch it Live on Youtube here… Watch Walton County Board Meeting
Update 3/19/2020 – Walton County Beach Closure Ordinance – Walton County Commissioners have voted to TEMPORARILY CLOSE all 26 miles of beach in Walton County in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus among our guests and residents… You can read the Beach Closer Ordinance here… co.Walton.fl.us – Ordinance 2020-08
Update 3/19/2020 – The High Pointe Board of Directors held an emergency meeting to address concerns related to COVID-19 and have made the difficult decision to close High Pointe amenities temporarily. As of 5:00 PM on Friday, March 20th, beach service and bike service operations will cease until Sunday, April 12th. Also, when the amenities (pool, hot tub, wading pool, tennis courts, shuffleboard, golf practice range and playground) close at their normal time of 10:00 PM on Friday, March 20th, they will remain closed until Sunday, April 12th.
Update 3/19/2020 – Visit South Walton created a “COVID-19 Travel Updates” page that includes a lot of good info in regards to restaurants, accommodations and events. Learn more here… VisitSouthWalton.com
Update 3/19/2020 – 30A Businesses and tourists react to beach closing in south Walton County… MyPanhandle.com
Update 3/19/20– Bud & Alley’s announced they are offering online ordering. Learn more via their Instagram here… @budandalleys
Update 3/19/2020 – Seaside has issued an 8 pm All Ages Curfew. Learn more via their Instagram… @seaside_asimplebeautifullife
Update 3/19/20 – CORONAVIRUS: Florida briefing for March 19 via NWF Daily News
Update 3/19/2020 – Last Call Restaurant Group is running a Gift Card Special… “Receive $25 Bonus Gift-Card for Every $100 Gift-Card Purchased”. Learn more via Shades Bar & Grill Instagram… @shades30a
Update 3/19/2020 – Trattoria Borago serving To Go orders. Their team will bring your food out to you curbside… @boragorestaurant
Update 3/19/20 – Margaret Ellen Bridal in Inlet Beach announced they are temporarily closing the store. “As of this morning, my mom, Barbara, and I have decided that it was time to close the store for the rest of March. We will re-evaluate on April 1 for a reopen date”. Learn more about Margaret Ellen Bridal located at 30Avenue via Instagram… @margaretellenbridal_30a
Update 3/19/2020 – Seacrest Beach update via mass email… “Walton County Board of County Commissioners voted to shut down county Beaches this morning. There is some confusion over their authority to enforce this on private beaches. The Seacrest Beach Board of Directors just had a meeting and have decided to close their pool, tram service and the beach for 30 days. This decision applies to The Village as it is the Seacrest Beach we use. Our pool facilities remain open at this time. Guests and owners should stay in groups of less than ten and follow social distancing rules while using the pool.”
Update 3/18/2020 – Rosemary Beach announced it is closing amenities including community pools (starting Friday, 5/20 at 5pm), beach chair service (starting Friday, 5/20 5pm), fitness center and Rosemary Beach Racquet Club (starting Thursday, 3/19). You can learn more about this latest Rosemary Beach update as it relates to Coronavirus on their website here… RosemaryBeach.com/covid19
Update 3/18/2020 – Alys Beach and WaterColor announce amenity and event closings. Learn more via local news 7 WJHG.com “30A Beach Communities Make Changes in Response to COVID-19“
Update 3/18/20 – An update from the Hub 30A regarding their menu and carry out options… @hub30a Instagram
Update 3/18/20 – 30A Burger posted an update via Instagram saying they are open for pickup and delivery…. @30aburger Instagram
Update 3/18/2020 – Ji·Shi Kitchen, The Melt Down on 30A, Great Southern Cafe, Farm & Fire Southern Pizzeria, North Beach Tortilla Co and The Bay Restaurant are ready to take To-Go orders… @chefjimshirley Instagram
Update 3/18/2020 – 723 Whiskey Bravo is implementing the 50% capacity limitation per state issue order. Also, they are offering take out / to go orders and delivery within a 5 mile radius. Learn more @723whiskeybravo Instagram
Update 3/17/2020 – The Rosemary Beach Merchants Association will suspend events through March 31st. This includes the “Spring It On Concert Series”, “Magic in the Air”, “Kids Theater”, “Moonlight & Movies” and “Kids Karaoke”. Learn more @merchantsofrosemary Instagram
Update 3/17/2020 – Hub 30A has suspended their schedule of events through March 31st. That includes the live music, DJ dance party and family movie nights. Learn more @hub30A Instagram
Update 3/17/2020 – Seacrest Beach Board of Directors and HOA provided a really insightful 30A area update… Seacrest Beach COVID-19 Update
Update 3/17/2020 – 30% OFF Everything sale to help support local shops starts today through Friday 3/20… Learn more @mercantileseaside Instagram
Update 3/17/2020 – Shades Bar & Grill, Southside Slice, Pescado and SHAKA are open and have posted an update via Instagram… Learn more @slice30a
Update 3/17/2020 – Beach & Brew on 30A in Seacrest Beach will be open from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m. via Instagram… Learn more @beachandbrew30a
Update 3/17/2020 – Black Bear Bread Co in Grayton Beach will only be providing to-go service and curbside pick-up effective immediately. Learn more @blackbearbreadco on Instagram
Update 3/16/2020 – Local news ABC 13 interviews restaurant workers at Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar and AJ’s Grayton Beach… Walton County restaurants taking precautions, tourists not concerned
Update 3/16/2020 – Seaside Commercial District is Closing Temporarily
Update 3/16/2020 – NWF Daily News video interview with Clemson University College students at Miramar Beach: CORONAVIRUS: Okaloosa and Walton spring breakers crowd beaches, take some precautions
Update 3/16/2020 – (via Walton County Tourist Development Council)….
Update following the Walton County BCC Emergency Meeting:
- – The WCBCC did not close Walton County’s beaches.
During the Emergency Walton County Board of County Commissioners (WCBCC) meeting held March 16, 2020, the WCBCC issued a Local State of Emergency (LSE). This LSE will be in place for seven days and must be re-issued on a weekly basis.
The WCBCC has taken the following actions:
- – Cancellation of all BCC and TDC permitted outdoor events and beach activity ordinance special events.
- – Cancellation of all work-related travel outside the county for BCC employees without special permission from Director and County Administration.
- – Suspension of the rental of all county owned public facilities.
- – Extended all current dog beach permits for 8 weeks. No new permit processing until June 1st.
- – Extended all driving on the beach permits until August 1st. Beach permit lottery application process will begin June 1st.
- – All Walton County Volunteer Board meetings have been cancelled for the remainder of March and the month of April. At this time, these meetings are expected to continue in May.
The WCBCC encourages all Walton County citizens and visitors to be mindful and adhere to all direction distributed by the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.
Additional Information and Cancellations (as announced by tourism partners):
- – South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival has been cancelled
- – The Sandestin Wine Festival has been cancelled
- – The Village of Baytowne Wharf has cancelled upcoming events
- – Beginning March 16, the Bayou Arts Center will be closed and the CAA team will work remotely remaining available via email, phone and virtual meet-ups.
- – Gulfplace has cancelled their Wine Walk (Usually held on Thursdays)
- – WaterColor is suspending Art in the Park, Easter Sunrise Service, and the Easter Egg Hunt and Toss
- – Emerald Coast Theatre Company is closed through March 31
- – Beginning Friday, camping in Florida State Parks is suspended until May 15
- – All meetings, classes and workshops at The Bayou Arts Center will be postponed and rescheduled for a later date.
- – The Foster Gallery at Grand Boulevard will be temporarily closed beginning March 16.
- – The Under the Sea fundraiser for the Underwater Museum of Art scheduled for Thursday, May 7 will be postponed for a later date.
- – ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival scheduled for May 9 & 10 is rescheduled for October 10 & 11 in Grand Boulevard Town Center.