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Healthy Travel & Safety Information

Like everyone, we’re paying attention to the latest guidelines regarding COVID-19. We are committed to keeping our visitors and team members safe and informed. We’ll keep this page updated with the latest news on what’s open, what’s not, and the best information on how to enjoy the Pensacola Bay Area safely.

 


Escambia County Beaches are open.

Pensacola Beach is open regular hours including the sound side and Gulf side. Perdido Key beaches open 30 minutes before sunrise and close 30 minutes after sunset, daily. 

Dog parks are open and permitted in designated areas. For public beach access points, click here. For beach tips to make your visit shine, click here

Beachgoers, please limit groups to 10 people or fewer and adhere to CDC social distancing measures by keeping a 6-foot distance from people not in your immediate household. 

The Pensacola Beach toll bridge is all-electronic.

The $1 toll on the Bob Sikes Bridge to Pensacola Beach is all-electronic. Travelers will be billed by TOLL-BY-PLATE to the address registered on the car if they do not have either a SunPass® or compatible transponder. TOLL-BY-PLATE customers will be charged a $1 toll, plus a monthly $2.50 administrative fee and will receive a bill by mail. Cash can be used at SunPass kiosks to replenish and pay TOLL-BY-PLATE invoices. If you are a in a rental vehicle, rental agencies or their associated third-party vendors will assess the fees agreed to in your rental agreement to collect the toll(s). For more information on specific rental car programs, please contact your local rental car agency, as each agency has separate programs and fees associated with electronic toll usage. 

Gulf Islands National Seashore is partially open.

  • Fort Pickens is partially open.  
    • Regular operating hours
    • Restrooms are limited to Langdon Beach and the restrooms outside of the Discovery Center
    • Lifeguards are on duty at Langdon Beach
    • The Fort Pickens Campground, Discovery Center, and bookstore remain closed.
      • Gulf Islands National Seashore is continuing to increase recreational access to areas of the park. Limited operation of the Fort Pickens Campground is set to begin on Monday, Aug. 10. Read the press release here.
     The following services are now available:
    • Free tram service at the Fort Pickens Area
    • Pensacola Bay Cruises will drop-off and pick-up passengers at the Fort Pickens Area
  • Other facilities currently closed  
    • The Fort Barrancas Area
    • The headquarters indoor exhibits at the Naval Live Oaks Area
    • Parking lots 33A & 36A along Highway 399 (closed for the season)
    • Parking lots 34A & 34E at the Opal Beach Complex

Face coverings are required at businesses within city limits.

Employees and patrons inside businesses within Pensacola's city limits must wear face coverings. This includes anyone having direct or indirect customer contact, working in a kitchen, or otherwise preparing or serving food or beverages.

Escambia County encourages visitors, residents, and business to also follow CDC guidelines for face coverings. 

> Read the Mayor's Declaration of State of Emergency 20-03


Vacation rentals from a few states are not allowed.

Escambia County vacation rentals are open to travelers from all states except New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Exceptions are made for people involved in commercial activity and students traveling for the purpose of academic work, internships, sports training and any other activity or program approved by the educational institution.

Most area hotels are open with safety procedures in place. Visit our Stay pages to explore your options.  


Restaurants and retail businesses are partially open.

Restaurants can offer outdoor seating with six-feet between tables and indoor seating at 50% capacity. These restaurants can also serve alcohol on-site. Many local eateries have take-out and to-go options.

Retail establishments can operate at full capacity with responsible social distancing and sanitization protocols.

> See Florida's Phase 2 Recovery outline


Bars and nightclubs can only serve to-go.

Bars can not sell alcohol or beer to drink on-site. Several of our local mixologists offer to-go cocktails and brews

> Read Emergency Order 2020-09


Some travelers will need to quarantine. 

If you travel to Florida from highly affected areas, including New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, you must self-quarantine for 14 days after you arrive.

> Read Executive Order 20-86 and full enforcement details from the Florida Department of Transportation

Visitor Information Centers are open.

Masks are required at the Pensacola location and recommended at the Perdido Key location. With the safety of our staff and our guests in mind, we have installed plexiglass guards at all of our front desks, and have increased cleaning protocols in our lobbies and guest facilities. If you do not feel well please refrain from entering. Our team is dedicated to serving as resources for all questions you may have regarding the Pensacola Experience.

Pensacola International Airport is open.


Resources

For more detailed information, please contact the Florida Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), or the Escambia County Health Department at 850-595-6500.

 

 
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