Coronavirus (COVID-19) Reopening Information
Vacation Rentals Are Open
Short-Term Vacation Rental Updated Reopening Plan
June 9, 2020
Vacation rental reservations from areas with substantial community spread as identified by Governor DeSantis through Executive Orders as high-risk (currently CT, LA, NJ and NY) that require isolation or quarantine must be for periods longer than the mandated quarantine period. Guests occupying those vacation rentals must adhere to all quarantine restrictions. Areas may be added or deleted based upon further Executive Orders by the Governor without the need for further amendment of the plan.
Health and Safety of Guests
- The property owner and manager for each vacation rental shall ensure compliance with the safety measures and best practices outlined in the guidance published by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), “Information for Vacation Rentals Pursuant to Executive Order 20-123 as Issued on May 15, 2020,” a copy of which is available at the DPBR’s website. The recommended DBPR safety measures and best practices are adopted as minimum standards and are listed below.
- Maintain adequate time between the conclusion of a guest stay and the check-in of the next guest stay for appropriate cleaning and sanitation.
- Clean and disinfect all frequently-touched surfaces in the property between each guest stay.
- Wash all linens, dishware, and other service items available for use by guests between each guest rental.
- Provide sufficient soap and surface sanitation supplies for guests to utilize in the vacation rental property during the guest’s rental period.
- Ensure adequate safety protocols are in place and publicly displayed, in line with CDC guidance, regarding shared or multi-residence amenities such as pools, gyms, and other communal spaces.
COVID-19 Information for Guests
- Property owners and managers must provide CDC resources to any guest prior to arrival and upon check- in of the property.
- Property owners and managers must provide CDC guidance for traveling with pets and service/assistance animals to travelers if the property is pet friendly.
- Property owners and managers must provide local COVID-19 guidance for guests prior to arrival and upon check-in.
- Property owners and managers must display materials on-site within the vacation rental unit outlining those in-effect orders and safety measures.
- Property owners and managers must post signage in all units detailing cleaning and sanitation procedures that are completed prior to each guest stay.
- Remote check-in and check-out should be made available when possible to cut down on face-to-face interactions.
- Property owners and managers must provide CDC related safety guidance to all employees or contractors working in short-term rentals in efforts to alleviate the transmission COVID-19 and to provide further protection for employees and guests.
Covid-19 Safe Practices
In addition to the regular housekeeping protocol our Housekeeping staff will clean and disinfect all hard surfaces, including floors, counter tops, tables, railings, faucets, appliances, doorknobs, remote controls, fans and lamp chains, thermostats light switches and keys. Products used should remove 100 % of the microscopic organisms on surfaces to stop the spread of the virus. Sanitizing spray will be applied to all soft surfaces. The staff will use recommended hygiene practices in order to protect you and your family at all times.
- Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. It does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
- Disinfecting refers to using chemicals, for example, EPA-registered disinfectants, to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
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The MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY usually held at the St. Augustine National Cemetery has been cancelled.
RESTAURANTS have begun to open for seated dining at 50% capacity of their building code. Most still offer takeout, as well. RETAIL SHOPS are also allowed to open at 50% capacity of their building code. Most places are following CDC guidelines and social distancing is required. The BEACHES of St. Johns County are fully open. Most HOTELS, MOTELS, AND BED & BREAKFASTS are open. Per, state order, VACATION RENTALS may be reopened by each county after the county submits a plan that is approved by the State. HAIR SALONS, NAIL SALONS, AND BARBERSHOPS may reopen with enhanced protocols.
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The BEACHES in St. Johns County are fully open and will allow vehicular traffic, with no restrictions on activities. The parking lots are open.