covid-19 Updates

While we continue to welcome visitors to Amelia Island, the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is closely monitoring statements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health, and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are committed to following guidelines from these agencies and our local health departments. The safety and well-being of our residents, visitors, and industry partners are of the utmost importance to us. We encourage our area tourism partners, residents, and visitors to take any relevant preventative measures. We remain vigilant and will do everything we can to ensure our guests have a safe and pleasant stay. 

  • Every person over the age of six (6) who is in a public indoor space or unable to socially distance is encouraged to wear a face mask or covering.  Further, businesses can implement their own mask mandate should they choose. See Nassau County Executive Order 23 for full details.
  • Beach Openings – The beaches of Nassau County, Florida are open daily from 6am-9pm.
    Refer to EXECUTIVE ORDER #6 & EXECUTIVE ORDER #7 for full details.
    - The beach parking areas, Peter's Point, Burney Park, Scott Road, and the south end walkover will be open daily from 6am until 9pm. 
    - Beach driving is only allowed for Nassau County residents or active military person presenting identification with all-wheel or four-wheel drive at Peters Point and Lewis Street from 8am-9pm inside the marked areas
    - Beachgoers must adhere to the Center for Disease Control guidelines which include maintaining a minimum 6' distance between individuals and no gathering of more than ten (10) people.  
    - Horseback riding companies allowed with regulations
    - Limitations around beach rentals and other commercial activities
    - No dogs, alcoholic beverages
    - No beach camping between 9pm-8am, no camping in parking areas - camping prohibition is in effect during turtle nesting season (May 1 - October 30)
    The beaches within the City of Fernandina Beach are open. 
  • Phase 3 of Florida's Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step Plan for Recovery - State Executive Order 244 supersedes and eliminates any and all restrictions of Executive Orders 20-112, 20-123, and 20-139, as well as Executive Orders 20-192, 20-214, and 20-223.  Impact to the tourism industry:
    - No COVID-19 emergency ordinance may prevent an individual from working or operating a business.
    - Restaurants, including any establishment with a food service license, may not be limited to less than 50% of their indoor capacity.  If a restaurant is limited to less than 100% of it's indoor capacity, such COVID-19 emergency order must satisfy the following:
           > quantify the economic impact of each limitation or requirement on those restaurants; and
           > explain why each limitation or requirement is necessary for the public health.
    - This order suspends the collection of fines and penalties associated with COVID-19 enforced on individuals.  

   

NASSAU COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

  • Watch this Video on the use of cloth face coverings for Nassau County businesses from the Florida Department of Health in Nassau County
  • Traveler Card that should be given to the visiting party with instructions on how to report if they become ill.  
  • COVID19 Testing sites in the county and region (can be shared as needed)


INDUSTRY RESOURCES

REOPENING

HEALTH RESOURCES




DOWNLOADABLE FLYERS

SHARE THE FACTS.

ADDITIONAL DOWNLOADABLE FLYERS

for lodging guests and staff


VACATION RENATALS INFO

On May 20, Nassau County received official notice of approval from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) on the Nassau County Vacation Rental Plan. Effective immediately, vacation rentals can begin accepting and welcoming reservations again. Nassau County Executive Order 10 details out the plan which must be carried out for any and all short-term vacation rentals within Nassau County. 


On May 23, Nassau County issued Executive Order 11, as an amendment to Executive Order 10, and now limiting the time between units being rented from eighteen (18) hours to at least six (6) hours after the occupants term expires and a new occupancy occurs. 


The penalty for violating a provision of the ordinance shall be a second-degree misdemeanor, a violation of which is a$500.00 fine and/or sixty (60) days in jail. The owners of the unit, and/or the management company, including national companies. Shall be subject to the penalty. 


View:

Executive Order 10 - Nassau County Vacation Rental Requirements (EO21 rescinded sections 2, 9 & 10)

Executive Order 11 - reduces time between guests for cleaning to 6 hours



Resources

The resources below will assist with the implementation of the new Nassau County Short-Term Vacation Rental Plan (Executive Order 10). Click on each of these green links below to find printable copies or use the links in your own electronic communications. 

  1. DBPR Secretary Approval of Nassau County Vacation Rental Request
  2. Originally Approved Nassau County Short-Term Vacation Rental Plan
  3. Executive Orders - see above; Additional references available on:
    1. Amelia Island.com COVID-19 Page
    2. Nassau County Executive Orders website
    3. Florida Executive Orders website
  4. Cleaning Protocol Signage – You are welcome to use these printable copies of cleaning protocol signage. You may wish to also post your own cleaning protocols to provide additional details to your guests.
    1. 8.5 x 11 signage
    2. 11 x 17 signage

If you need assistance sourcing cleaning supplies, the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce may be able to provide assistance. Please reach out to them directly for more information at (904) 261-3248 or info@nassaucountyflchamber.com