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Anna Maria Island, Florida - Short-term Rentals Re-Open COVID 19

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Updated: Aug 3, 2020


We've been waiting for a long time for the government to guide us to when is it safe to re-open vacation rentals in the state of Florida during the Coronavirus crisis. The day is finally here! On May 21, 2020 vacation rentals have been given the green light to safely re-open their doors to short term renters based Governor DeSantis' Executive Order EO 20-123.


While we have waited to re-open our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals we've been gathering our resources from the CDC and Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation Association in order to safely welcome our guests back using the best COVID 19 resources available by the Florida government.


Restrictions

There are some restrictions as to who rental agencies may accept bookings from based on the guidelines set by the county and state governments in order to reduce the risk of coronavirus exposure. Residents from states that are considered "hot spots" are not permitted at this time. Details from the government guideline excerpt below:

  1. "Vacation rental reservations, from areas identified by Governor DeSantis as high risk through executive Orders (currently EO 20-82 New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and EO 20-86 Louisiana must be longer than the quarantine period established in that Order. Guests occupying those vacation rentals must adhere to the quarantine restrictions." The quarantine period has been set to 14 days. Therefore guests from these states must make a reservation for a stay 15 days or more. Quarantining means staying within the home and the property limits. Kitchen stocking and food delivery will be required. See all executive orders here.

  2. "Prohibits rentals from international travelers in a country with established community spread of COVID 19 and prohibited from." See the up to date latest restricted international travel restrictions by country here.

  3. "The number of guests in each rental will be limited to no more than 10 persons and expand in accordance with State guidelines as new phases are entered. The number of guests allowed should abide by local ordinance occupancy limits."

Can I travel to Florida from my home state?


Florida has moved into Phase 2 of reopening, non-essential travel is now permitted.


At this time we are regulated by the state declarations and county orders. There are some states where statistically we are unable to accommodate guests based on the Governor of Florida's direction. This is to keep both our guests and local residents and maintenance contractors safe. The situation is fluid so please contact us as to the requirements and if you are arriving from a home state that has been required to quarantine for 14 days.


Currently, the following states have been identified as "hot spots" by Governor DeSantis.

Check the current status of each state within the CDC COVID DATA TRACKER for up to date data. Governor DeSantis has declared the following executive Orders (currently EO 20-82 New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and EO 20-86 Louisiana are all considered "hot spots" and require a 14 day quarantine period.


The Florida government has put checkpoints at its borders so if you are arriving in Florida by car be sure to stay up to date on who is permitted for entry into the state of Florida based on your residency. YOu may be stopped and questioned upon entry.

Can I fly to Florida?


Domestic Flights - There are flights that are still in operation to Florida but airlines have reduced the number of flights offered. Airlines have taken protocols to reduce the spread of the virus so please ensure you are healthy to travel as well as residing in a state within the compliance of the "hot spot" protocols. Please check with your airline provider on the status of your flights.


International Flights - Note that at this time, international travelers in a country with an established community spread of COVID 19 are prohibited from entering Florida." See the up to date latest restricted international travel restrictions by country here.


Cleaning Protocols

We've been in contact with the cleaning company we use to ensure that they are adhering to the Center for Disease and Control (CDC) and the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation Association regulations in relation to operating and efficiently cleaning vacation rentals during the COVID crisis. Including the following:

  • Maintain adequate time between the conclusion of a guest stay and the check-in of the next guest stays for appropriate cleaning and sanitation. 

  • Clean and disinfect all frequently-touched surfaces in the property between each guest's stay both indoors and outdoors. 

  • Disinfectant products are used on all major surfaces

  • Wash all linens, dishware, and other service items available for use by guests between each guest rental.

  • Cleaning personnel use cleaning products in line with the EPA's list of products with "Emerging Viral Pathogens and coronavirus claims for use against SARS - COV-2"

  • All guests must vacate the property before maintenance and cleaning staff enter

  • Guests MUST strictly adhere to the check-in and check-out times in order to carry out the required cleaning procedures.

  • We remind guests in the rental property to frequently take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by carefully cleaning and wiping surfaces during your stay.

We will be sharing a copy of the cleaning practices that are completed prior to each stay with our guests.


What will be different from the property that I booked?


In order to carry out the guidelines of the county and state vacation, rental operations plan a few items were required to be removed from the rentals that may make a home look less luxurious.

  • All decorative throw pillows, blankets, pillow shams, and soft objects have been put away until further notice in order to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID


Check-in Protocols


We've operated with a digital touch-less check-in process for many, many years. This check-in process reduces the need for face to face meetings and avoids keys being handled.


Health and Safety


New COVID information will be provided to each booking party as to the local Hospital and COVID Testing locations to help you remain healthy during your vacation. The details will be found in each vacation rental unit. As always we provide each guest with medical and clinic information within each house information booklet.


What happens if there is a maintenance issue during my stay?


We ask that all guests do not hesitate to notify us of any maintenance issues so that we can take care of things quickly so that your stay is stress-free. All maintenance providers are required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when the need arises to enter one of our homes. All guests are asked to leave the home while maintenance is occurring. See excerpt from Manatee County Action Plan below:

  1. "Employees or contractors working in short-term rentals will be provided the CDC related safety guidance to alleviate the transmission of the virus and provide further protection for employees and guests."


Boating is Great for Social Distancing


What's the Current Situation on Anna Maria Island?


At the moment, the following businesses are open for your enjoyment:

  • Anna Maria Island Beaches have always remained open to our guests and local residents. They are now open to the general public as well. Social distancing of 6 feet or more is required. Limit to groups of 10 people or less

  • PUBLIC Beach parking - general public parking at the county beaches is limited to 2-hour parking Avoid the $250 fine or risk being towed. Note: you can walk to the beach from each of our vacation rental homes

  • Retail Shops 50% capacity 

  • Masks must be worn in retail shops.

  • Restaurants 50% capacity indoor dining, 6 feet social distancing outdoor dining.

  • Some restaurants are still offering delivery and take-out options

  • Masks must be worn in restaurants and may be removed to eat while sitting at your table.

  • Fishing, golfing and swimming have always remained open

  • Boating has always been permitted, all boat ramps have been reopened a safe social distance is still required of 6 feet or more

  • Boat ramps are open

  • Fitness Centers

  • Take note of some new parking regulations - be careful to park only where designated in order to avoid ticketing and towing

  • Hair salons, barbershops, and nail salons - open by appointment only with safe PPE protocols

  • Museums and Libraries 50% capacity

  • Professional sports teams - training only, no spectators yet

  • Amusement Parks - case by case opening by submitting action plans for Governor approval only

  • Grocery Stores, Pharmacies, Walmart, etc... - Visitors must wear masks and adhere to washing or sanitizing their hands often. Supply levels are similar to other stores in the United States

  • Nightclubs and bars - we don't have many bars on the island, I can think of 3 off the top of my head (Decoy Ducks, Doctor's Office, Drift-Inn). "On June 26, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation suspended on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide, meaning only vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages at bars and restaurants that derive more than 50% of its gross revenue from food sales can remain open at this time."

To view the entire Manatee County Reopening plan and status feel free to read more on the Manatee County website here.


Anna Maria Island Community Center Re-opening Details


The following protocols will be followed:

Visits to the center must be 90 minutes or less. The training equipment will be adjusted in the space to allow for physical and social distancing. Classes will be held in the larger gymnasium to allow for social distancing. The gym will be used for organized fitness classes and sports such as pickle ball and basketball will open later. Additional amenities and programs will be added in phases over the coming weeks. For those who prefer to continue healthy living activities at home during this time, free virtual programs will remain available at CenterAMI.org 


  • All people entering the Anna Maria Island Community Center will be required to take their temperature at the front desk (staff and visitors). A new liability waiver must be signed.

  • As per the City of Anna Maria’s face mask order

  • Cleaning materials are provided to wipe down all equipment before and after each use.

  • The social distancing of 6 feet is required at all times

  • Stay home if you are feeling sick or are vulnerable to illness

  • Wipe Down Equipment – Wipe down all equipment before and after your workout, cleaning products provided. The Center staff also will disinfect equipment and activity areas regularly.

  • Everyone needs to bring their own towel, water bottle, and a yoga mat for fitness classes


The re-opening hours are as follows:

Monday – Friday

7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Fitness Facility open

2 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. - ONLY Senior Adults (Ages 65+)

Saturday 

7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fitness Facility open



General Common Sense COVID-19 Recommendations when visiting Anna Maria Island


Each guest and visitor is urged to abide by all current COIVD guidelines including:

  • see below for face mask protocols in each city and while in Manatee County

  • social distancing of 6 feet apart in all directions

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • carry hand sanitizer if hand washing is unavailable

  • cover your coughs and sneezes and wash hands immediately

  • if soap and water are not readily available do use hand sanitizers with 60% alcohol

Advice from Dr. Jennifer Bencie, director of the Department of Health in Manatee County:

"...Masks are vital. The evidence is clear that masks help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the more people that wear masks, the better. There are three W’s to ward off COVID-19: Wearing a mask, washing your hands and watching your distance. Of the three the most important is wearing a mask.”


Update: New Face Mask Requirements where social distancing is not possible


Manatee County

Manatee County passed a resolution on July 26, 2020 mandating face coverings inside businesses. "The resolution requires an individual in a business establishment to wear a face covering while inside the business, unless social distancing can be achieved (6 feet or more apart). The mask mandate will not apply to children under age six or to those "who have trouble breathing due to a chronic pre-existing condition or individuals with a documented or demonstrable medical problem."


City of Holmes Beach

"The city of Holmes Beach passed an emergency ordinance mandating face coverings in public, indoors and outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained, with exceptions for ADA and some other circumstances, such as while eating and drinking in restaurants."


City of Anna Maria

City Order #33: "I hereby declare that every that every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in the City of Anna Maria shall wear a face-covering in any indoor location...when not maintaining social distancing from other persons" exceptions to this ruling are;

  • Children 2-year-olds and under

  • persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition

  • persons while eating/drinking at a restaurant; provided, however, face coverings must otherwise be worn in restaurants

  • People working in a business or profession who do not have interactions with other people;

Please come prepared and bring face masks with you for each family member that will be visiting a local business including restaurants, and will be in social areas where social distancing is not possible.


These measures have been taken to protect all visitors as well as Anna Maria Island's vulnerable elderly population of residents.




Insider Tip! We have a few weeks left open this summer! Hurry and get your vacation booked today to feel the toes in your sand, the salty air in your hair, and enjoy our stress-free backyard oasis'.

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WHERE TO STAY

Anna Maria Island Home Rental

At Anna Maria Island Home Rental, we have luxurious waterfront accommodations. Social distancing is easy at our vacation homes with kitchen stocking, keyless entry, sports activities that are conducive to single or small families like kayaking, boating, fishing, swimming is a safer choice than a busy hotel.


Enjoy a last-minute getaway with one of our Fall Vacation Deals. We have gap stays and full weeks available. Contact us for information and a detailed quote!

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