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.
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:
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Are Gulf County businesses and beaches open?
The following closures have been announced.
- Please refer to Executive Order 20-91 by Governor DeSantis that lists which essential businesses can remain open as of April 1, 2020.
- Gulf County Beaches are closed effective immediately until further notice.
- Restaurants will cease on-site food consumption to visitors immediately.
- Gyms and fitness centers are closed.
- Bars and nightclubs will be closed at 5 pm on March 17th for 30 days per Governor DeSantis.
- The City of Port St. Joe has officially voted to close the Frank Pate Boat Ramp effective at 5 pm on March 30, 2020, for two weeks.
- All Government Buildings will be closed to the public effective at the close of business on March 18th. You may reach a department by telephone or email.
- The Gulf County Welcome Center will be closed effective at 5 pm on March 18th. You will be able to reach us by phone at 850-229-7800 or visit our website at VisitGulf.com. You can pick up a Visitor Guide at the kiosk on-site.
- All Gulf County Events have been postponed.
- All State Parks are closed.
- The local VFW canteen and post are closed.
- Cape San Blas Lighthouse will be closed until April 3rd.
- The following restaurants & businesses offer the following services
- Sweet Bunz Donut Shop – Take-out
- Cool Breeze Chicken & More – Take-out
- Sand Dollar Cafe – Take-out
- Dagwood’s PSJ – Take-out
- Krazyfish Grill – Curbside Service
- Peter’s Pizzeria – Take-out
- Joe Mama’s Pizza – Curbside Service
- The Brick Wall – Curbside Service & Delivery
- Provisions – Take-out & Delivery
- Grill 19 – Curbside Service
- Pepper’s – Take-out
- Uptown – Curbside Service
- Scallop Cove has call-in ordering for all food and beer growlers.
- Coastal Concierges is still offering their in-home delivery service for groceries.
- Your Table, Your Chef is a local business that offers a unique in-home dining experience.
- If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact a Concierge at the Gulf County Welcome Center.
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?
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:
- avoid close contact with people who are sick
- stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with persons in poor health
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue
- wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing the nose, coughing or sneezing
- if soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol; always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
For more information about coronavirus (COVID-19) and preventive techniques, visit these trusted resources:
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