• VISIT FLORIDA Update on COVID-19 - 3/18/2020

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    March 18, 2020
    With the rapid dissemination of COVID-19 information this week, VISIT FLORIDA is committed to ensuring you remain as informed as possible as we assist in our state’s emergency response efforts.

    Beaches, Bars & Restaurants

    On March 17, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-68 to reduce density and crowds in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and beaches to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please refer to Florida’s Department of Business & Professional Management (DBPR) for more information and guidance.

    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 experienced economic injury from COVID-19. Click here for more information.

    Damage Assessment Survey

    Governor Ron DeSantis has activated the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by DEO, will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin. The survey can be taken online at www.floridadisaster.biz.

    Reemployment Assistance

    Governor DeSantis has reminded Floridians that if their employment has been negatively impacted because of mitigation efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, these Floridians may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance. Click here for more information.

    VISIT FLORIDA has taken the following action in response to COVID-19:
    • VISIT FLORIDA is focused on providing health and safety information to travelers and Floridians. All media has been paused. 
    • VISIT FLORIDA has activated Florida Now, which includes the latest updates from state emergency response professionals hosted on VISITFLORIDA.com. 
    • VISIT FLORIDA is actively planning for future marketing campaigns to ensure that Florida’s tourism industry has a strong, unified voice following COVID-19
    • To protect the health and safety of the traveling public and staff, VISIT FLORIDA’s four welcome centers will be closed until further notice.
    • VISIT FLORIDA is tracking traveler sentiment across online platforms and social media to monitor how COVID-19 may impact travel and travel booking to Florida. 

    Florida’s residents and visitors should continue to refer to the DOH and CDC for the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19:

    Florida Department of Health (DOH)

    U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC)
    Chanda Ryan, Executive Director
    chandaryan10@gmail.com, (850) 939-3267