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.
- Amelia Island Beaches CLOSED - The beaches of Amelia Island, including both the City of Fernandina Beach and Nassau County, are closed to the public. Please refer to the respective websites for additional information.
- Essential Services & Activities Only - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order ordering all persons in FL to limit their movements and personal interactions outside of the home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.
- Quarantine Orders for Louisiana Travelers - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order to require anyone traveling from Louisiana to self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Vacation Rentals Prohibited - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order ordering all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties to suspend vacation rental operations. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the duration of this order.
- Quarantine Orders for New York Tri-State Travelers - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order to require anyone traveling from the New York (NY) Tri-State to self-quarantine for 14 days. In addition, Nassau County has mandated Executive Order 3 which requires that all lodging establishments or entities that are subject to the local Tourist Development Tax must:
- Report to the Nassau County Health Department, the names of the individuals from the NY Tri-State area occupying a room by telephone AND email upon accepting a reservation or check-in.
- Provide all guests from the NY Tri-State area a copy of the isolation and quarantine order. You may also provide this Florida Health Department Traveler Card.
- Advise anyone from the NY Tri-State area who is inquiring about rooms that there is a mandatory self-isolation/quarantine requirement for anyone arriving in Nassau County.
- Provide the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, daily, the number of occupants and location of origin (State and City) for each occupant. See HERE.
- To submit the names to the Nassau County Health Department, lodging partners can leave a voice mail on the Nassau COVID-19 Virus Reporting Line by calling (904) 875-6116 and email CHD45Webmaster@flhealth.gov. Should you have any questions on this EO, please contact Michael.Beard@flhealth.gov or NassauESF8@flhealth.gov.
- To submit your daily lodging log of occupants and origin locations to the AICVB, please complete this online survey by 11:00am EST each day for the previous day. You may also access this daily survey HERE.
- Guest Form you may download and use for collecting guest information.
- Restaurant & Gym Closures - Effective immediately, FL Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order closing all restaurant dining areas and gyms in the state of Florida to help contain the spread of coronavirus. Restaurants will still be allowed to do take-out order and also will be allowed to sell alcohol for take-out or delivery with a food order.
- Recreational Vessels - Recreational vessel occupancy is limited to no more than 10 persons per vessel; and a minimum distance of 50 feet between recreational vessels and any other vessel shall be maintained (This distance provision does not apply to permitted mooring fields, public or private marinas, or any other permanently installed wet slips, and does not apply to vessels underway unless they are tied, rafted or moored to another vessel).
- Other Florida Closures – We have heard that other destinations
within the state have had closures. VISIT FLORIDA is trying to keep an
update list on Florida Now.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-91 | 4/1/2020
Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency
- FWC EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-09 | 3/27/2020
- EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-87 | 3/27/2020
Vacation Rental Closures
- EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-86 | 3/27/2020
Additional Requirements of Certain Individuals (Louisiana) Traveling to Florida
- EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-52 | 3/26/2020
Department of Revenue Emergency Waiver/Deviation (Sales and Use Tax and Related Taxes)
- EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-83 | 3/24/2020
Protective Measures for Vulnerable Populations, Gatherings of Private Citizens and Density of the Workforce
- EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-82 | 3/24/2020
Isolation of Individuals (NY Tri-State Area) Traveling to Florida
- EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-80 | 3/23/2020
Airport Screening and Isolation
- EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-71 | 3/20/2020
Alcohol Sales, Restaurants, & Gyms
- EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-69 | 3/20/2020
Local Government Public Meetings
- EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-68 | 3/17/2020
Bars, Beaches, & Restaurants
- EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-52 | 3/9/2020
COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
- EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-51 | 3/1/2020
Establishes COVID-19 Response Protocol and Directs Public Health Emergency
- EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 3 | 3/27/2020
New York Tri-State Travelers
- EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 2-REVISION | 3/21/2020
Definition of Beaches
- EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 2 | 3/21/2020
Temporarily Closing County Beaches
- EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 1 | 3/21/2020
Temporarily Restricting Beach Driving & Camping
- CITIZEN NOTIFICATIONS | 3/21/2020
Temporarily Closing City Beaches & Golf Course, Access to Docks at Marina Restricted to Owners
- CITIZEN NOTIFICATIONS | 3/21/2020
Declaration of State of Emergency
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Florida Department of Health
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Nassau County Health Department, 904-875-6100
- Nassau County Emergency Management
- Nassau County
- City of Fernandina Beach
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel notices
- Department of Homeland Security coronavirus updates
COVID-19 CARES Act Relief Resources - The CARES Act, the largest economic relief package in our nation’s history, was signed into law on March 27 and includes major provisions U.S. Travel fought for to deliver economic support to travel businesses, travel workers and their families. See resource page.
Small Business Bridge Loans - On March 16, Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), provides short term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experience economic injury from COVID-19. Applications will be accepted through May 8, 2020, contingent on the availability of funds.
Restaurant Employee Relief Fund - Grants will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis to those individuals who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria, as reviewed and verified by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).
Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act - This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.
CARES Act Executive Summary for Restaurants - Paycheck Protection, Loan Forgiveness, Employee Retention, and other items for restaurant operations to know.
Coronavirus Emergency Loans - Small Business Guide and Checklist
Reemployment Assistance Service Center - Information and links to connect for Reemployment Assistance Claimants and Employers.
Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses - You can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) at any lending institution that is approved to participate in the program through the existing U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) lending program and additional lenders approved by the Department of Treasury.
Business Lending Programs - Loan comparison chart
- Barnabas - Food Program, Health Services, Crisis Assistance
- United Way of Northeast Florida - Dial 2-1-1, United Way's free health, social and human services referral hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The 211 network provides access to more than 4,000 community programs. You may also dial 1-904-632-0600 to access a United Way 211 call center specialist.
- Fernandina Beach Church of Christ - Day Drop in Center & Food Pantry
- Salvation Army Hope House
- VISIT FLORIDA Industry Resources
- VISIT FLORIDA COVID19 Dashboard
- U.S. Travel Association’s COVID-19 Toolkit
- Destinations International COVID-19 Toolkit
- Brand USA Coronavirus Updates Resource Page
- Brand USA COVID-19 Related Market Activity: Market Tracker
- U.S. Travel Association’s comprehensive information for the travel industry
- PCMA’s resource hub: What Business Event Professionals Need to Know About the COVID-19
TOOLS TO USE
- County Executive Order 3 Poster and Flyer
- Florida Health Department Traveler Card
- New York Tri-State Letter for Lodging Guests
- Guest form for check-in
- CDC Share the Facts Downloadable Flyers