Florida is gradually reopening to tourists. The Walt Disney World Resort finally has an official reopening date and Key West is anxious for tourists too. While the state is welcoming visitors, there are some Florida travel restrictions you need to know about.
Individuals entering Florida and traveling through these states must observe a self-quarantine:
- New York
- New Jersey
There may be roadside checkpoints to screen visitors arriving by vehicle. If you haven’t been to one of these states recently, you likely won’t need to self-quarantine. The self-quarantine lasts for 14 days or the length of your visit, whichever is shorter.
Most Florida counties are letting short-term rentals like Airbnb accept visitors again. Many hotels are reopening now that people are starting to travel for pleasure again.
Disney Springs is currently opening in gradual phases. The first stores, restaurants and attractions opened on May 20, 2020. These public places operate at reduced occupancy to encourage social distancing.
Walt Disney World starts opening on July 11, 2020, with its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom opening first. Both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios open on July 15, 2020. You will need an advance reservation for the park and an admission ticket.
Guests also need a temperature below 100.4 Fahrenheit to enter Disney Springs or Walt Disney World. You will need to wear a mask as well. The Walt Disney resorts are initially going to fulfill existing hotel reservations.
Florida Beaches Open
You might be coming to Florida for a beach trip. Most beaches are gradually reopening but some have more restrictions than others. For example, some may only open for exercise. Others might be fully open but with social distancing requirements.
Research the current beach rules before hopping into the car on a whim and heading for the sand.
Miami-Dade beaches were scheduled to begin reopening to the public on June 1, 2020. However, due to the recent protests, Mayor Carlos Gimenez has postponed reopening.
Key West Checkpoint End June 1, 2020
The Key West checkpoint on U.S. 1 to keep tourists away ends on May 31, 2020. Tourists can start visiting Key West again on June 1, 2020. Hotels are operating at 50% capacity to prevent overcrowding. Groups should not exceed 10 people.
All Non-Essential Travel Resumes With Phase 3
Florida is following a three-phase reopening plan. Most of the state is currently in the first phase which allows businesses to operate at 50% capacity. However, you may need to keep personal groups smaller than 10 people and must practice social distancing.
Phase 2 lets restaurants and other places operate at 75% capacity. None of the Florida counties are in the second phase yet, but that might happen in July once Disney World is open. Theme parks cannot reopen until reopening Phase 2.
Florida individuals can resume non-essential travel during Phase 2. Employers should minimize travel during the second phase.
Phase 3 lets theme parks operate at greater capacity with limited social distancing protocols. Most recreation facilities and large venues can be fully open with limited social distancing. Employers should consider waiting until Phase 3 starts to resume non-essential business travel.
News Source: Forbes.
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