Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update:

Posted March 13, 2020

Updated 7/01/20


Florida is currently in “Full Phase 2”. Gulf County has been approved to allow short term vacation rentals starting 5/19/2020 (See Link Below). Gulf County Beaches are open, and you must follow CDC social distancing guidelines and have no more than 50 persons in a group (See Link Below). See this link for full Phase 2 Executive Order

  • Restaurants and retail shops can be at 50% occupancy inside while practicing social distancing. Restaurants may utilize outside seating while practicing social distancing (minimum of 6 ft apart and groups of 10 or fewer).
  • Hair & Nail Salons are open for business.  
  • Gyms and fitness centers will reopen and operate at 50%.
  • Bars are closed in the state of Florida at this time.
  • The T.H. Stone St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is open for day use activities.  The beach and boat ramps are available at a reduced capacity.
  • All Gulf County Events have been postponed.
  • Local restaurants & businesses are also offering curbside and delivery options.  Please contact them for more information.

Gulf County’s plan for reopening “requires that during the initial phase for 30-45 days, properties not allow rentals to visitors from hot spots or areas with substantial community spread of COVID-19 or international travelers. Vacation Rental reservations and stays will be allowed from all U.S. states with a COVID-19 case rate less than 500 cases/100k residents as of May 14.” Click the link below for a list of states with substantial community spread of COVID-19 as stated by DBPR, Gulf County BOCC, Gulf County TDC, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis & Task Force.

Gulf County Plan for Reopening Vacation Rentals:

To all of our Baytowne Guests:

Life is a beautiful thing. Here on Florida’s Forgotten Coast, we believe we get to enjoy some of the most amazing moments in the world and share them together collectively. From families creating new memories together in our homes to all of the wonderful events and experiences within our natural environment to be witnessed–we are truly blessed, and that’s a fact that will never change. Guest safety and comfort are always our top priority. We always want you to feel that you can stay with us in confidence. This is why we will continue working diligently within full capacity to ensure we provide the safest experience possible for all guests. We are following the situation regarding Covid-19 extremely closely. Our staff and all departments have conducted extensive meetings since this began in March to ensure we are taking all necessary precautions in order to provide a clean home to enjoy.

We have invested extensively into our rigorous Housekeeping program. This means that we are utilizing industry proven products that are known to be the best cleaning and sanitization products for every article of linen that we provide as well as house cleaning products that are used within the homes. However, we still believe in taking all measures available. Additionally, for all incoming guests, it is very important to consider your own personal safety at all times. This means washing your hands extensively, bringing and utilizing disinfectant solutions such as hand sanitizer after interacting with other people, wearing a face mask while in public locations, refraining from touching your face as much as possible, and using good common sense judgment with social interaction and travel if you feel you are sick or becoming sick.

In another effort to better serve our guests, we are waiving the fee to postpone reservation dates if guests wish to postpone. Seasonal rate changes would still apply.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us anytime. We are always here to help! In the meantime, we’ll continue to follow the situation by the minute as well as continue to follow the advice of the experts as we navigate this moment in time together.


Baytowne Vacation Rentals Staff

Gulf county COVID-19 daily updates

For more Gulf County area information, please visit our Gulf TDC Web Page

From: Jessie Wagner Pippin Public Information Officer | Florida Department of Health in Gulf County 2475 Garrison Ave. Port Saint Joe, FL 32456 | Office Phone: (850) 705-6103 Fax: 850-227-7587 E-mail: [email protected] Webpage:

VISITOR ADVISORY Visitors need to be paying attention to their own hometowns and maintain situational awareness of community spread in these areas. With cases continuing to pop up in other counties, visitors have a responsibility to protect their own health and to protect the health of Gulf County residents. Following travel advisories, county ordinances, social distancing, good hygiene practices, and respiratory care are all prevention tactics implemented to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  

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