Staying Safe in Sarasota County

Our top tips for exploring Sarasota County and its beaches safely and responsibly.

From on-the-water adventures to shopping experiences, Sarasota County has plenty of ways for you to social distance outdoors. See how local hotels & rentals, restaurants and attractions are working to keep patrons safe.

Do I have to wear a mask while I am visiting Sarasota County?

For current mask requirements or recommendations, please refer to the CDC website at and the Florida Department of Health website at  

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.

Are Visitor Centers open for visitor questions? 

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.

Additionally, 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.