Healthy Travel Information & What's Open
Updated September 30, 2020: As the health and safety of visitors to St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra Beach is paramount, Florida’s Historic Coast is committed to providing travelers with accurate and timely information about traveling to the area safely.
We are working closely with the U.S. Travel Association, VISIT FLORIDA, St. Johns County Emergency Management and other local and state officials to gather and share the latest developments regarding the evolving Coronavirus situation and its impact on travel to Florida’s Historic Coast.
Florida's Historic Coast is open and following industry accepted Federal and State Industry Guidelines.
• At this time, there are 5,391 known cases of Coronavirus / COVID-19 identified in St. Johns County. 291 individuals were tested, hospitalized, and quarantined, and are expected to be released.
• Effective September 28, 2020 the City of St. Augustine implemented a resolution recommending every person visiting, working, living, or doing business in the City of St. Augustine to wear a face covering in any indoor location, other than their home or residence, when not maintaining social distancing from other person(s), excluding family members or companions. Exceptions to this resolution include persons under the age of two years, persons observing social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines, persons eating or drinking, persons exercising, and persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition.
What's Open in St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra
• Here is a current list of open lodging in our area. We recommend you contact businesses to confirm their hours of operation.
• Here is a current list of open attractions in our area. We recommend you contact businesses to confirm their hours of operation.
• Here is a current list of both open and closed tours and services in our area. We recommend you contact businesses to confirm their hours of operation.
• Here is a Location Map of open businesses on Florida's Historic Coast.
• Most public events have been canceled, and some attractions may be temporarily closed. As a result, we recommend that you contact the event or attraction for the latest information.
• Here is information about mid-size or small group meetings on Florida’s Historic Coast.
• St. Johns County beaches and the St. Johns County Ocean & Fishing Pier are open from dawn to dusk for all uses and activities. All individuals will need to adhere to limited social distancing. Since lifeguards may not be on duty, all swimming is at done at your own risk.
• Effective September 25, 2020 restaurants may operate at a full capacity, with limited social distancing. We recommend you contact businesses to confirm their days and hours of operation.
• Microbreweries that partner with a food truck, an adjacent food establishment, or operate with food on-site may sell alcohol for on-premises consumption with the same restrictions as set forth above, including full capacity and limited social distancing.
• Effective September 25, 2020, any establishment in the state of Florida that derives more than 50% of their gross revenue from the sales of alcoholic beverages may operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols. We recommend you contact businesses to confirm their days and hours of operation.
• Effective June 5, 2020, in-store retail shops may expand their operations to 100% capacity, with social distancing and sanitization protocols. We recommend you contact businesses to confirm their days and hours of operation.
• Effective September 25, 2020, entertainment businesses (movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, bowling alleys) should re-open fully, with social distancing and sanitization protocols. We recommend you contact businesses to confirm their days and hours of operation.
• Museums and libraries may also operate open at full occupancy. We recommend you contact businesses to confirm their days and hours of operation.
• Many Florida State Parks will be part of an early phase of re-opening on May 4, 2020. During this early phase of re-opening, visitors should expect limited hours, capacity, and amenities. On Florida’s Historic Coast, the Florida State Parks will be part of this early phase of re-opening. Washington Oaks State Park will be open, Oceanside only. In addition, Florida State Parks campgrounds are open; however, cabins and pavilions remain closed until further notice.
• We urge you to continue following the recommendations of the federal government, CDC, state, and local officials as we navigate these uncertain times together. In addition, President Trump has issued new guidelines to help protect Americans during the global Coronavirus outbreak. The recommendations focus on “30 days to slow the spread.”
• According to the CDC’s site, “the CDC recommends that older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel to most global destinations. The CDC states that “travelers should always avoid contact with sick people and clean their hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%–95% alcohol.”
• The CDC also states, “older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships. CDC recommends travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel at this time.”
• Travelers are encouraged to always exercise healthy travel habits.
Healthy Travel Practices from the CDC
- Wash hands often
- Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
- Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
- Stay up to date on vaccinations
- Avoid contact with people who are already sick
- Avoid contact with animals while traveling
- Be aware of the latest travel advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. State Department
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any Coronavirus / COVID-19 cases in St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra?
• At this time, there are 5,391 known cases of Coronavirus / COVID-19 identified in St. Johns County. 291 individuals were tested, hospitalized, and quarantined, and are expected to be released. The other cases are under investigation. Our attractions and tourism businesses continue to follow enhanced hygiene and cleaning protocols.
Are the beaches open?
• St. Johns County beaches and the St. Johns County Ocean & Fishing Pier are open from dawn to dusk for all uses and activities. All individuals will need to adhere to the CDC social distancing guidelines of limiting gathering to no more than 10 persons and maintaining a minimum distance of six feet between parties. Since lifeguards may not be on duty, all swimming is at done at your own risk.
Are events or activities cancelled?
• Most public events have been cancelled, and some attractions may be temporarily closed. As a result, we recommend that you contact the event or attraction for the latest information.
Will my hotel offer refunds?
• As cancellation and refund policies vary by business, you should contact the business you booked with directly for their latest policies and options. Many businesses are reviewing their policies and making them more flexible to accommodate changing travel plans, such as allowing people to rebook later.
What are area businesses and events doing to prevent the spread of Coronavirus?
• The St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau has been in regular contact with local businesses and have provided information and resources on how businesses can prepare for and prevent the spread of viruses.
Our attractions and tourism businesses have implemented expanded preventive measures, including:
- Expanded cleaning and sanitation practices, such as frequent cleanings, wiping down surfaces frequently throughout the day, and making sanitation gel or wipes available to visitors.
- Communicating guidelines to employees and visitors on how to prevent the spread of viruses.
- Implementing a response plan in case someone is suspected of contracting the Coronavirus.