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  • Nancy McAleer

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

Updated: 7 days ago

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! We have been given the green light to safely re-open our 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.


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 agencies may accept bookings from residents of U.S. states with an overall COVID-19 Case Rate within the state of less than 700 cases/100K residents as of May 15, 2020."

  2. "Reservations from areas identified by Florida’s Governor as COVID-19 hot spots through Executive Orders are to be avoided for the next 45 days."

  3. "International travellers are not accepted at this time" until international borders are re-opened and the state of Florida has given approval.

  4. "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."

Can I travel to Florida from my home state?

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 number of cases per hundred thousand. 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".

New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana

The Florida government has put checkpoints at its borders so if you are arriving to 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.

Can I fly to Florida?

There are flights that are still in operation to Florida but airlines have reduced the number of flights offered. Please check with your airline provider on the status of your flights. Note that at this time, international travelers are not permitted in vacation rentals until further notice.

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 Pathorgens 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 touchless 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 Saftey

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. 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 are 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 

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

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

  • 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

  • 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... - we encourage guests to wear masks and adhere to washing their hands often. Supply levels are similar to other stores in the United States

Anna Maria Island Community Center Re-opening Details

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 pickleball 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 

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

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

  • The social distancing of 6 feet is required

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

The re-opening hours are as follows:

Monday – Friday

7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fitness Facility open

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





Common Sense COVID-19 Recommendations

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

social distancing of 6 feet apart in all directions

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

cover your coughs and sneezes

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

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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