COVID 19 updates

 

 
 

Quick updates on vacation rentals in Pinellas County:

  • We are not allowing guest from NY, NJ, CT to book.  These are restrictions placed on Resort Rentals by Governor DeSantis. 
  • Beaches are open.  Keep a 6ft distance from others and do not congregate in groups of 50 or larger.
  • Check the rules on the pool at your building.  Many pools have occupancy restrictions at 50% of their typical occupancy.  Many buildings are reducing the quantity of lounge chairs at the pool.  Share the amenities and be courteous to others!
  • Bars and Restaurants are at 50% occupancy. In addition, outdoor seating is permissible with appropriate social distancing. Reserve your dinner early to avoid issues.
  • Bar areas are open with seated service. Can’t serve alcohol on-premises at this time.
  • Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, and arcades may operate at 50% of their capacity, with appropriate social distancing between groups and appropriate sanitation.
Tips for your vacation:
  • Be kind and Courteous.
  • Pick up any trash at the beach.
  • Enjoy the state parks.
  • Tip your waiters well.  They have been without pay for 2 months!
  • Be patient… We are all learning the new way of doing business!

Enjoy your vacation and thank you for choosing Resort Rentals!

 

UPDATED AREA INFO, July 15th, 2020

 

New Mask Ordinance

In order to slow the spread of Covid-19 in our community, Pinellas County has passed a mask/face covering ordinance which is now in effect. Both citizens and employees at local businesses must wear face coverings in most indoor places, with a few exceptions. These exceptions include:

  • The mandate can’t conflict with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • If a person is under age 18, the decision is left to the discretion of that person’s parent, guardian or an accompanying adult
  • People can exercise indoors in gyms, yoga studios, etc. without a face covering, as long as they are physically distancing
  • Restaurant, brewery and bar patrons can remove their face coverings while dining or consuming a beverage, as long as they are seated at a table and observing physical distancing
  • Religious activities (such as singing) are permitted provided that physical distancing is strictly maintained
  • Retail employees aren’t required to wear face coverings if they are working in an area of the business that is not open to customers, as long as they observe physical distancing measures

Travel Restrictions NY, NJ, CT

Vacation rental reservations, from areas identified by Governor DeSantis as high risk, through Executive Orders (currently EO 20-82 and EO 20-86 (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) must be for periods longer than the quarantine period established in that Order. The quarantine period established in those Orders is 14 days OR their duration in Florida, whichever is shorter. Guests occupying those vacation rentals must adhere to the quarantine restrictions or be subject to established criminal and civil penalties.  For the safety of all residents and visitors, we will encourage our tourism partners not to rent to guests from high-risk areas.

Are the beaches open? 

Beaches throughout St. Pete/Clearwater are open. Parking lots and restrooms are also open. CDC safety recommendations are to keep six feet or more between you and others who are not in your family or group. The CDC also recently recommended that beachgoers wear masks at the beach, except when swimming. Even if you choose not to do this, please bring a mask or face covering to wear in areas such as the concession stand line or public bathrooms, where it is more difficult to physically distance. Beachgoers should avoid congregating in groups larger than 10 people.

Are pools open? 

Hotel and resort pools are permitted to be open without capacity restrictions. Community, apartment, condo and other pools are also open without restrictions. If you’re considering visiting a public pool (county or city-owned), call ahead or go online for updates before heading out, as many have limited access at this time.

Biking, Jogging, Walking, Skating? 

Located at the southern end of Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg’s gem is the Pinellas Trail. The Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail is a linear trail currently extending from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs and is a multi-use trail everyone can enjoy. The Trail, created along a portion of abandoned railroad corridor, provides a unique, protected green-space for walking, jogging, skating, and biking.

Restaurants: Open with Restrictions

All restaurants are allowed to be open for take-out and curbside pickup service. In addition, restaurants can seat patrons inside at 50% of their capacity (not including employees), with physical distancing. Whether inside or outside, restaurants must position chairs and tables so that dining parties are separated by at least six feet. Outdoor seating will be unrestricted in terms of capacity, as long as physical distancing is observed. Some local restaurants have expanded their outdoor space to accommodate more diners in the open air. Seating is now permitted at restaurant bars, but patrons must be seated. Patrons cannot stand at the bar or otherwise congregate.

Restaurant staff must wear face coverings at all times (indoors and outdoors) while on duty, even when they are not customer-facing. This includes staff who prepare food and drinks.

Breweries & Bars: Cannot Serve Alcohol on Premises

Breweries and bars are not permitted to serve alcohol on-premises at this time. While they are not required to close, in practicality, many will. Some bars and breweries will offer to-go drink options.

Brewery and bar staff must wear face coverings at all times (indoors and outdoors) while on duty, even when they are not customer-facing.

Nightclubs: Closed

At this time, nightclubs remain closed.

Parks & Preserves: Open

Pinellas County parks are open.  In addition, state parks in St. Pete/Clearwater – Honeymoon Island, Anclote Key, Caladesi Island and the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers are also open. The Caladesi Ferry is now operating. City parks are open at the individual municipalities’ discretion. However, city parks in St. Pete and Clearwater are open.

Expect that parks may have limited hours and/or amenities. For example, parks with nature or interpretive centers may choose not to open them at this time. Please check online or call for the specific status of a park you’d like to visit before heading out.

Professional Sports – Permitted, with Restrictions

Large spectator sporting events will be permitted, at up to 25% capacity.

Entertainment Businesses: Open, with Restrictions

Entertainment businesses such as bowling alleys, arcades, movie theaters, concert halls, playhouses and auditoriums are permitted to operate at 50% of building capacity, as long as they have appropriate physical distancing and sanitation measures in place. Face coverings are required, according to the guidelines described earlier in this article.

Pari-mutuel facilities may be open after written approval through the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Other Businesses and Community Institutions that are Open 

These businesses are now permitted to open at full capacity, if they are able to follow physical distancing guidelines and proper sanitation measures. Face coverings are required, according to the guidelines described earlier in this article.

  • Retail stores 
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Gyms, fitness centers, yoga and dance studios
  • Public playgrounds
  • Personal services businesses, such as nail salons, barbershops, hair salons, cosmetology specialty salons, tattoo services and massage services. These services must follow safety guidelines outlined by the Department of Health.

Guidelines on Group Gatherings

The Governor’s reopening plan recommends that group gatherings be kept to 50 people or smaller. 

Attractions and Activity Openings

Here is a list of what we know is open at this time. This list is not comprehensive, so calling ahead to each attraction is recommended. Face coverings are required, according to the guidelines described earlier.

  • Alligator Attraction 
  • Busch Gardens and Adventure Island
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Aquarium is limiting to 25% occupancy. Additional safety and sanitation measures will be in place. 
  • Dali Museum
  • Dunedin Fine Arts Center (temperature monitoring required)
  • Duncan McClellan Gallery (appointment needed)
  • Empower Adventures Tampa Bay 
  • Hubbard’s Marina 
  • Imagine Museum
  • The James Museum
  • Morean venues – Morean Arts, Morean Center for Clay, Chihuly Collection, Morean Glass Studio
  • Pier 60 Bait House & Pier 60 Fishing Pier 
  • Pier 60 Nightly Sunset Celebration
  • Splash Harbour Water Park
  • Sunken Gardens
  • The Tropics Boat Tours

Transportation Updates

  • St. Pete Looper Trolley (PSTA has restored service to the South Clearwater Beach Jolley Trolley as well as the Downtown St. Petersburg Looper)
  • Clearwater Beach Jolley Trolley (Jolley Trolley will continue to service North Beach and the Coastal Route, all other routes are closed indefinitely)
  • PSTA (opening up to service multiple routes)
  • Clearwater Ferry Water Taxi Services. Limited capacity of 10 guests per run. (Route to Dunedin has been canceled as of 6/3)
  • Caladesi Island Connection Ferry Service. Open everyday at 9 a.m. from the dock on Honeymoon Island.

Events Updates

  • Firestone Grand Prix (rescheduled for October 23-25, 2020)
  • St. Pete Pride (in-person events have been canceled for 2020)
  • John’s Pass Seafood Festival (scheduled for October 23-25, 2020)
Bring supplies that may not be available due to the potential for limited supplies, such as hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and plan to use them.
 

 
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