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COVID-19 Resources for Hospitality and Tourism Businesses

Florida’s Plan for Recovery – Phase 3

Effective September 25, Florida entered Phase 3 of Governor DeSantis' Plan for Recovery, known as Safe. Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. This phase is regulated by Executive Order 20-244.

Keep up-to-date with Executive Orders online via FLGov.com.

The CDC is another great resource for navigating your business during COVID-19. They have prepared General Business FAQs that are helpful. 

Prepare and Prevent COVID-19 at Your Business  

Florida Health has aggregated resources and recommendations for businesses and employers regarding COVID-19. They are the expert in preparing and preventing COVID-19 in the workplace. We highly advise local businesses to refer to Florida Health as you adapt your business to prioritize health and safety.

Florida Health has also prepared a variety of outreach materials that encourage safety protocols. These are free and easy to download so that you can use them in your workplace.

The CDC is another expert source for businesses and workplaces to learn about planning, preparing and responding to COVID-19.

For information about the COVID-19 vaccine registration process, please refer to Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County.

Visit Sarasota County Industry Zoom Meetings & Trainings

Along with leaders in our community and industry, Visit Sarasota County is engaging local businesses by aiding and educating, as applicable, regarding COVID-19.

To review that information, please log in to VSC’s Partner Portal. The various presentations are located there via the Bulletins feature.

COVID-19 FAQ's

Florida Health maintains a public advisory to wear masks in public if social distancing is not possible.

On September 25, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis said “all outstanding fines and penalties that have been applied against individuals are suspended” as part of his announcement that the state would be moving into Phase 3 of Florida’s plan for re-opening.

Businesses are allowed to have their own requirements, and customers are encouraged to check with individual businesses about whether a mask is necessary for service.

The City of Sarasota

In accordance with CDC guidelines, the City of Sarasota now requires face coverings be worn in indoor and outdoor public locations and businesses located within the city limits. Face masks are not required within residences or places of lodging, or when proper physical or social distancing. The ordinance started on July 1. There are also FAQs that The City prepared for you to review. ​

Currently, there are no ordinances for Sarasota County, only for the City of Sarasota. Popular areas within City Limits are downtown Sarasota (including Selby Gardens), Lido Key (including St. Armands and Lido Beach), the Hillview area near Sarasota Memorial Hospital, North Sarasota along U.S. 41 (including Jungle Gardens and The Ringling) and more. To see a Google Map outlining the City Limits, click here.

The City of Venice

The Venice City Council approved a resolution urging the use of face coverings when indoors and outdoors where social distancing cannot be met. On August 25, the City passed an ordinance requiring face coverings

A note that there are 14 exceptions to the ordinance, including those observing social distancing, children under 6, those exercising, and persons whose compliance would be detrimental to their health, safety or welfare are not required to wear a face covering.

For more information about the City of Venice's COVID-19 response, click here

Visit Sarasota County is answering all questions via email  ([email protected]) or calls ( 941-706-1253),  Representatives are available Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m and aim to return all messages no later than next business day.

Currently, the Downtown Sarasota Visitor Center, located at 1945 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34236 is open to the public every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Also, the Venice Visitor Center, inside the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 597 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34285 is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can visit Sarasota County beaches, attractions, local businesses and dine out, as long as you are following recommendations from the CDC and read What you need to know now about COVID-19 in Florida from Florida Health. You may also want to check the Sarasota County Florida Health website for local updates. 

Effective September 25, Florida entered Phase 3 of Governor DeSantis' Plan for Recovery, known as Safe. Safe. Smart. Step-by-StepThis phase is regulated by Executive Order 20-244. Under this Order, there are no restrictions regarding travel in Florida.

You should also review Florida Health’s Information for Travelers.

Effective September 25, Florida entered Phase 3 of Governor DeSantis' Plan for Recovery, known as Safe. Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. This phase is regulated by Executive Order 20-244. This means all vacation rental restrictions are removed. 

You can review that information and more from Florida Health: Information for Travelers.

Visit Sarasota County is not in a position to advise anyone regarding travel at this time. We defer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Florida. See more information below.

Learn about the CDC's Considerations for Travelers.

Read What you need to know now about COVID-19 in Florida from Florida Health.

Effective September 25, Florida entered Phase 3 of Governor DeSantis' Plan for Recovery, known as Safe. Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. This phase is regulated by Executive Order 20-244. Under this Order, there are no restrictions regarding travel in Florida. You can review that information and more from Florida Health: Information for Travelers.

Visit Sarasota County has gathered a variety of resources that provide guidance and assistance to local businesses relative to COVID-19. View the COVID-19 business resources here