Florida is considered a relatively safe place to visit during COVID-19, but not all Florida counties are safe. Jackson, Gulf and St. Johns are the most affected places at the moment.
So far, 53.16 percent of Floridians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
June 29 – Florida to resume cruise ships with both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers next week
Cruise ships are set to safely resume operations next week in Florida.
Local mayors of South Florida had sent a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis asking him to reconsider his refusal to ask cruise travelers to present a vaccine certificate, but their claim was not heard.
“There aren’t restrictions either way, whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated that shouldn’t limit your ability to participate,” Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody told reporters.
This does not mean cruises won’t be safe. Unvaccinated travelers will need to bring a negative COVID-19 test, get retested in the embarkation hall prior to boarding. Furthermore, some cruise venues will be “for vaccinated people only.”
Update June 14 – Florida to lift all COVID-19 related restrictions on July 1
Effective July 1, Gov. Ron DeSantis will lift all COVID-19-related restrictions across the state. So far, only 48.8% of the population has received at least one jab of a vaccine, which is insufficient to reach herd immunity according to the CDC.
According to the governor, “If we have widespread vaccinations that are over 99% effective, what’s the evidence basis for somebody to wear a mask now?”
Over the course of the pandemic, he has refused to follow most of the epidemiology guidelines because he did not want to “take the same approach as other lockdown governors.”
With this new executive order, DeSantis will make sure that “local governments cannot arbitrarily close [our] schools or businesses.” Additionally, he barred businesses from requiring employees to provide proof of being vaccinated.
Source: Florida Political review
Update May 23 – Florida tourism industry to show signs of recovery
After more than 14 months of multiple restrictions, the sunshine state is seeing tourists again.
The local government has launched multiple marketing campaigns to attract visitors from neighboring states and in-state residents who could drive to their tourist spots.
However, not everything is good news. The few allowed International travelers still have to undergo a mandatory 14-quarantine which has hurt the business industry especially Orlando that heavily relies on this type of tourism.
Business owners expect this situation to get better in summer when the U.S. accepts vaccinated travelers without that requirement.
Vaccination progress in Florida
As of June 29, 11,416,666 Floridians have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Current COVID statistics in Florida
Florida has reported 2,321,929 positive COVID-19 cases and 37,772 deaths caused by the virus.
Below, the 11 most impacted counties in Florida sorted by new cases over the last 7 days.
In general, the CDC follows a very cautious approach to interstate traveling since the beginning of the pandemic. In their words, it is a lot safer to stay home as much as possible.
Why visit Florida in COVID times?
First and foremost – Florida has no entry restrictions!
Florida is an internationally recognized destination due to its Theme Parks and tropical weather. Travelers who love going to theme parks will never go wrong with Florida. In COVID times, when traveling has to some extent become a hustle, especially for people traveling with kids, Florida stands as one of the best destinations to look into in 2021.
Only the fact that American citizens and residents do not need a passport and don’t have to deal with international (sometimes inconsistent or unknown) airport rules and restrictions, makes this destination a good choice to escape to in spring 2021.
Florida’s Health Care System and Response Capacity
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive, worldwide disruption. In addition to the millions infected and the hundreds of thousands killed, the virus has disrupted economies across the globe.
According to local media, Florida may be hiding the real pandemic situation. “At this point, it’s endangering people,” says Ryan Panchadsaram, former data official in the Obama administration. “We’re now in the third wave, and I think our only way out is really open, transparent and actionable information.”
Florida has no travel restrictions in place as of today. However, The Florida Department of Health -recommends- wearing face masks if social distancing is not possible and avoid public gatherings of more than 10 people.
These are recommendations, though. You will not be fined if you do not comply with them.
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