The state has approved a reopening plan submitted by the county.
by: Julie Murphy
Public Information Officer, Flagler County
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday, May 21, approved Flagler County's Vacation Rentals Safety Plan, allowing bookings based on the guidelines set forth by the plan laid out by the Tourism Department and implemented in accordance with CDC standards.
“We want to build confidence in travelers and industry employees that their health and safety is a top priority,” said Tourism Director Amy Lukasik. “And, of course, we are happy for our businesses that they can re-open in at least a limited capacity.”
The top things both visitors and businesses need to know are as follows:
- Ten (10) person occupancy cap
- Reservations from international travelers shall not be accepted, nor booking accepted
- Self-quarantining required for 14 days for any of the following visitors: any guest that has been on a cruise within 14 days of booking; any guest that has been out of the continental United States within 14 days of booking; anyone traveling from the New York tri-state area (New York, New Jersey or Connecticut) or the state of Louisiana
- Specific cleaning protocols for Vacation Rentals are also in effect, which can be found here.
- Pre-arrival screening of guests to include home origin in addition to the FDOH Screening for COVID-19 found here.
- Maintain records of all bookings to include full name, address, email, phone number to be provided upon request by the FDOH in Flagler County or State Law Enforcement.
- Display COVID-19 warning in all vacation rental units.
- Provide guests copies of the following Executive Orders: 2020-03 Requirements on Individuals arriving from CT, NJ, NY and LA; 2020-82 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Isolation of Individuals Traveling to Florida (Extended by: 2020-112 Executive Order re: Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery); 2020-86 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Additional Requirements of Certain Individuals Traveling to Florida (Extended by: 2020-112 Executive Order re: Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery)
Links to signs and executive orders are available on the Tourism Department’s website: https://www.visitflagler.com/vacation-rental-reopening/.
“We recognize the priority of keeping both our residents and visitors safe and are confident that these guidelines would allow for a safe reopening of short-term vacation rentals in Flagler County,” Lukasik said.