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What You Need to Know Before Visiting South Walton

 

When traveling to Walton County, plan to take enhanced precautions to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes:

 

Plan ahead for your visit!

  • Bring supplies that may be scarce in Walton County, such as hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, and plan to use them.
  • Bring facemasks for you and your family to use when interacting in public spaces (some businesses may require masks for entry). 
  • Please understand that some restaurants may not be operating at full capacity, either as a precaution or because of staffing shortages. This may mean meals must be ordered to-go, or restaurant seating is not readily available.

Stay medically safe!

  • Check to make sure that your home state does not have a stay at home order prohibiting unnecessary travel.
  • Always practice safe social distancing, as recommended by the CDC.
  • Follow the CDC’s best practices to stop the spread of germs: How to stop the spread of germs
  • If you or your family are sick, please postpone your vacation until you are well. If you or any member of your group begins to feel sick, return home immediately to shelter in place or seek medical attention. Hospital infrastructure is limited in Walton County. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please do not leave your home until you have had two negative tests performed at least 24 hours apart and have been cleared by your local medical practitioner and health department to travel.
  • If you or anyone in your party has been ill with fever, chills, flu-like muscle aches, or loss of taste or smell in the past two weeks, please do not travel until you have been evaluated for COVID 19 in your local area and are cleared for travel, have NO symptoms, and it has been at least 7 days since any symptoms began. 

SWFD Beach Safety Division

  • Please be courteous in your social distancing when interacting with SWFD Beach Safety lifeguards. Maintain six or more feet of separation when interacting with them or any other person outside your group.
  • Be aware of temporary government regulations in place that affect business operation:

Walton County Board of County Commissioners have instituted the following regulations:

  • As of Oct. 13, local and state ordinances that limited businesses and activities in response to COVID-19 have been rescinded.

FL Governor’s regulations

  • By order of the governor, all persons in Florida are encouraged to follow appropriate social distancing and safety protocols issued by the CDC and OSHA.
  • Florida restaurants can operate at 100 percent capacity by order of the governor. Limited social distancing measures may be in place and staff may be wearing masks or other protective equipment.
  • By order of the governor, bars, pubs and nightclubs that derive more than 50 percent of sales from alcohol may operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols.
  • Effective Sept. 25, retailers, gyms and other businesses may operate at full capacity as long as they follow appropriate sanitation practices.

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