Healthy Travel Information

Updated April 7, 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.

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• At this time, there are 151 known cases of Coronavirus / COVID-19 identified in St. Johns County. Twenty-seven individuals were tested, hospitalized, and quarantined, and are expected to be released.

Here is a current list of both open and closed lodging in our area. We recommend you contact businesses to confirm their hours of operation.

• Here is a current list of both open and closed 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 restaurants 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.

• Most public events have been cancelled, and many attractions have temporarily closed. As a result, we recommend that you contact the event or attraction for the latest information.

• All bars and nightclubs will be closed for 30 days, effective at 5:00 p.m. on March 17, 2020, per Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ executive order.

• Effective March 29, 2020, all public beaches in St. Johns County are closed to public access under the local state of emergency and will remain closed until further notice. St. Johns County parks, boat ramps and trails will continue to be open.

• Effective March 20, 2020, all restaurants in Florida will be allowed to only operate with delivery or take-out service, if they choose (no on-site dining), per Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ executive order. Since this situation is very fluid, we suggest you contact restaurants directly to determine whether they are open for take-out and/or delivery.

• All Florida State Parks, including campgrounds and cabins, are closed effective March 23, 2020.

• Effective March 27, 2020 and until further advised, travelers coming to Florida via I-10 and I-95 will be routed through checkpoints to identify individuals traveling from states with substantial community spread of COVID-19. Those individuals will be directed to self-quarantine for 14 days.

• 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.

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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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any Coronavirus / COVID-19 cases in St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra?

• At this time, there are 151 known cases of Coronavirus / COVID-19 identified in St. Johns County. Twenty-seven 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?

• Effective March 29, 2020, all public beaches in St. Johns County are closed to public access under the local state of emergency and will remain closed until further notice. St. Johns County parks, boat ramps and trails will continue to be open.

Are events or activities cancelled?

• Most public events have been cancelled, and many attractions have temporarily closed. As a result, we recommend that you contact the event or attraction for the latest information. In addition, Florida State Parks campgrounds and cabins will be closed from March 18 through May 15, 2020.

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.