It has been over a month since we published our first blog post regarding the emerging Coronavirus situation and guests’ requests for cancellations and refunds. You can read that blog post here.
At that time Coronavirus was becoming a nationwide pandemic and local, state and federal authorities were putting into place measures to help stop the spread of the virus. Such measures included frequent hand washing, “social distancing” (staying at least 6 feet away from each other), wearing face masks in public, stay-at-home orders including limiting non-essential travel, closures of non-essential businesses, closures of public spaces, parks and beaches and cancellations of large-group events such as sporting events, conventions, concerts, etc.
Our decision to refund canceled bookings in March & April was based upon our desire to support the efforts being implemented by the authorities to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus.
Looking forward to the coming weeks and months our decision about how to handle cancellation/refund requests will be based upon the conditions in the location of each of our properties and what orders are still in place at the time of the booking.
Fort Walton Beach, FL Coronavirus Update as of 4/25/20
In Florida the beaches have been closed and the Governor has issued a “stay at home” order until April 30, 2020. He also executed an order that bans all short term rental bookings until April 30, 2020. Additionally there are orders in effect until May 9 for anyone arriving in FL from the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Louisiana to self-quarantine for 14 days after entering the state. These deadlines can of course be rescinded or extended.
On April 21, 2020 the Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners voted to reopen the beaches in Okaloosa County beginning May 1, 2020 on a limited basis: from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with all beach activities permitted.
Summit County, CO Coronavirus Update as of 4/25/20
All short-term rentals (stays that are 30 nights or shorter) must cease taking new reservations from April 21- May 31.