FLORIDA GOVERNOR DESANTIS HAS ISSUED A "STAY AT HOME" EXECUTIVE ORDER. VACATION RENTALS & ALL GULF COUNTY BEACHES ARE CLOSED. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR GULF COUNTY (Updated April 3, 2020)

COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR GULF COUNTY (Updated April 3, 2020)

COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR GULF COUNTY (Updated April 3, 2020)

Are there travel restrictions to Gulf County, Florida because of COVID-19?

Governor DeSantis has signed a “Stay At Home” Executive Order for the State of Florida.

 Read Executive Order 2020-91 here.

Please read the Executive Order signed by Governor DeSantis. He has suspended all new vacation rentals in the state of Florida for 14 days. There will also be checkpoints installed at all major roads into Florida. The full Executive Order is in the link:

Executive Order 2020-86

Please see below the Emergency Declaration Order voted on by Gulf County Board of County Commissioners on April 2nd, 2020. Please note that the order extends beach closures until further notice as well as a direction from the BOCC that all non-residents of Gulf County to return to their home state or region for the duration of the Governor’s Executive Orders 20-87 and 20-91. 

Executive Order 2020-87

The Gulf County Board of Commissioners passed a Resolution on 3.26.20 that includes the request of no visitors to Gulf County, FL at this time.  Read the entire Resolution here. 

Please take a moment to read the letter below from Chairman Quinn of the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners dated March 25, 2020.  The letter highlights the health concern for the residents and visitors of Gulf County, FL and emphasizes that travel to Gulf County, Fl. at this time is not encouraged.

From the Desk of Commissioner Sandy Quinn, District IV

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA

1000 CECIL G. COSTIN SR. BLVD., ROOM 302, PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA 32456  

PHONE (850)229-6106/639-6700 FAX (850) 229-9252 ● EMAIL: bocc@gulfcounty-fl.gov

DATE AND TIME OF MEETINGS ● FOURTH TUESDAYS AT 9:00 A.M., E.T.

March 25, 2020

RE:  COVID-19 Pandemic

To All Gulf County residents and visitors:

As our community, state and nation work together to combat this pandemic and the incredible challenges to each of our families, I wanted to take a moment to emphasize my comments and recommendations offered during our most recent emergency commission meetings.

Very simply, the primary concern and care I have stressed in our meetings, is the health, safety and well being of every resident of Gulf County during this global pandemic.  I understand and realize we cannot solve the problems confronting our country but we as a community can most certainly rally around each other as we did just 18 short months ago after Hurricane Michael.  While many of us are still recovering and rebuilding, we need to support all our neighbors and families during this national crisis affecting every American. 

With our community as my sole concern at this critical time, I have consistently spoken to and supported all actions that will further protect our families’ health and safety.  While I recognize there has already been great sacrifice and financial harm for many during this outbreak, it is simply an issue we can never put price or value on above the health of our amazing and unified community.  We must protect our elders as fiercely as we will protect our youth and every single resident in between.  

Specifically, in this effort to prevent COVID-19, the Gulf County Commission in cooperation with the Governor have actively promoted community wide social distancing, we have closed all our beaches and heavily restricted access to dining, shopping and leisure activities. Please understand we love all visitors to Gulf County but at this critical period of time facing our nation, I cannot state it strongly enough that visitors and their families are simply safer in their own communities where they are accounted for in terms of resources and most importantly available medical care if and when it will be needed.  For all the many reasons that visitors love our special community is also exactly the reasons that it is not a safe nor prudent decision to bring your family to Gulf County during this pandemic.  

I will continue to support and recommend the closing of our beaches and limit public exposure until it is a safe environment for all our residents and future visitors.  Our community is rural and an influx of visitors beyond our ability to manage and serve will cause our limited resources to quickly become strained and our medical system to be burdened as our limited providers struggle to care for both residents and visitors. With this in mind, I am emphatically advising ALL VISITORS  (regardless of day trips and extended stays) to stay home in their communities, and thereby staying healthy and safe. 

In order to keep Gulf County the incredible community, a safe and healthy place to live, work and play it is vitally important that you honor this sincere request and direction.  

I proudly serve as the Chairman to the Board of County Commissioners and it is my sincere prayer and wish for the day that we can welcome our visitors back to our sandy white beaches, shopping in our historic downtowns and dining in our fantastic local restaurants, once we as a unified nation get through this pandemic. 

Please continue to care for your families both here in Gulf County and wherever you receive this letter.  It is with deep reflection that I extend to you and your family best wishes for continued strength and health during this challenging time for us all.  

In God We Trust,

Chairman Sandy Quinn 

Gulf County Board of County Commissioners District IV

 

 Florida Department of Health

Are Gulf County businesses and beaches open?

 The following closures have been announced.

What preventive measures are being taken in Gulf County, FL against COVID-19?

The health and safety of all Gulf County visitors and residents are a top priority. There is one confirmed case of the virus in Gulf County, FL. You can read the press release by clicking here.  Officials and Gulf County medical community are on high alert to respond, if necessary. 

You may follow the Gulf County Florida Emergency Management Facebook for local up-to-date information.

How can I best protect myself and my family?

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While there’s not yet a vaccine for COVID-19, the best prevention and treatments are methods that have been practiced for years when dealing with flu and respiratory illnesses. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

Health officials remind people that preventive actions to help impede the spread of respiratory diseases include:

For more information about coronavirus (COVID-19) and preventive techniques, visit these trusted resources:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 

 

If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact a Concierge at the Gulf County Welcome Center.  

 

Updated: Apr 03, 2020 6:10

Published: Mar 17, 2020 7:16