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COVID-19 Updates

UPDATE 12/3/2020

For more information, please see the MANATEE COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY PAGE.

As the number of COVID-19 Coronavirus cases in Florida continue to rise and with events in Manatee and Sarasota counties being canceled or rescheduled, we at ISLAND REAL ESTATE VACATIONS, LLC want to inform our Rental Owners and Vacationing Guests that the risk so far in Manatee County has 16,936 confirmed cases as of Thursday afternoon December 3, 2020.  Anna Maria Island is still low with only 150 confirmed cases between the 3 cities.

OUR CANCELLATION POLICY 

Book with CONFIDENCE! Our guests’ safety is our top priority, and for stays starting on or before January 29, 2021, we’ll be waiving all COVID-19 cancellation fees for approved reasons with documentation. No fine print here, 100% refunds!  If you have questions about your stay or the latest news on Anna Maria Island, please don't hesitate to call us (941) 778-6066 or email MYVACATION@ISLANDREAL.COM.

COVID-19 CLEANING PROCESS

Our office is OPEN and following the required COVID-19 sanitizing requirements!

We want to assure our guests, Owners, and support services that we are taking proper precautions and doing everything we can to make sure our vacation properties are properly cleaned prior to any guest or owner stay.  In addition, our contracted cleaners have switched to using EPA-approved emerging viral pathogen disinfectants on ALL common areas for extra prevention here in our rental office and in the vacation properties on our rental program prior to guest arrival.

 

For our rentals, we are implementing the new Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) sanitation guideline:  

 

1.      All Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) sanitation guidelines must be followed: 61C-3.001 Sanitation and Safety Requirements of the transient Manatee County Government lodging statutes. http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/hr/statutes/documents/61C_1348-bookmarks.pdf

 

2.      CDC related guidelines that are for public spaces, businesses, schools, and homes must be followed which expand upon the State of Florida and DBPR requirements for safety and sanitation for all lodging. 

 

3.      All staff members will be required to receive training on and adhere to the minimum standards established by this plan.

 

4.      Extra time must be allowed for enhanced cleaning procedures to take place between stays based upon the use of appropriate cleaning and sanitation according to CDC procedures and in accordance with Health & Safety of Guests, item 9, of this plan.

 

5.      Cleaning personnel and vacation rental staff should use cleaning products in line with the EPA’s list of products with “Emerging Viral Pathogens AND Human Coronavirus claims for use against SARS-CoV-2.”

 

6.      If multiple members of the cleaning and/or rental staff are present at a property, they should maintain a distance of at least 6 feet apart. All guests must vacate the property before maintenance and cleaning staff enters a property. 

 

7.      Pool decks and other common areas will be monitored for cleanliness and disinfected regularly. 

 

8.      Wash all linens, dishware, and other service items available for use by guests between each guest rental. 

 

9.      Extra throw blankets, decorative pillows or other soft objects should be put away until further notice. 

 

10.   For both inside and outside trash gathering, gloves and masks should be worn at all times. Disinfectant should be used on the trash containers and a fresh liner or bag be used inside the barrel or bin. 

 

11.   Disinfectant products should be used on all major surfaces

 

12.   Clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces in the property between each guest stays.

 

13.   If using an external or professional cleaning company, communicate expectations and plans for cleaning and disinfection standards, and get periodic confirmation that they are being followed by the company contracted.

 

14.   Provide sufficient soap and surface sanitation supplies for guests to utilize in the vacation rental property during the guest’s rental period. 

 

15.   If guests clean the property themselves, all CDC guidelines must be adhered to.  Regardless, implement disinfection procedures.


Update: 12/3/2020.  

  • April 3, 2020 - The CDC recommended for people to start wearing face masks to help protect themselves and others from the COVID-19 virus. 
  • Effective April 10, 2020 - Late Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis extended the closure of vacation rentals to April 30.
  • Effective April 10, 2020 - To gain compliance with the Governor's Executive order 20-91 Safer at Home rules the following shall not be permitted until further notice:
  • Effective April 13, 2020 - The Board of County Commissioners voted 4-3 on Friday to reopen the boat ramps on April 13, 2020 at 3pm after they had previously voted to shut them down two weeks ago to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Effective April 21, 2020 - Curfew in Manatee County has been rescinded.   
  • Effective April 10, 2020 - Late WEDnesday, Governor Ron DeSantis extended the closure of vacation rentals to mAY 4TH.
  • Effective May 4, 2020 Anna Maria Island restaurants are allowed to open with full outdoor seating and inside seating at 25% capacity while following social distancing guidelines. Vacation rental ban is still in place with no end date. pUBLIC bEACHES HAVE OPENED WITH LIMITATIONS.
  • EFFECTIVE MAY 11, 2020 - governor desantis has approved that all Barbershops, hair and nail salons in counties currently in Phase 1 of re-opening are allowed to open for services starting Monday May 11th.
  • EFFECTIVE MAY 13, 2020 - all manatee county public beaches are open with no restrictions except to follow the social distancing guidelines.

o   No Beach Access Parking

o   No on Street Parking on any City Street

o   No Right of Way Parking

o   Illegally parked vehicles will be towed at the owner's expense.

  • EFFECTIVE MAY 18, 2020 -  Governor Desantis hasn't moved in to phase two of reopening florida, but has extended his phase one to include more recommendations from his task force. ANNA MARIA ISLAND RESTAURANTS ARE ALLOWED TO OPEN INSIDE SEATING TO 50% CAPACITY WHILE FOLLOWING SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES. MUSEUMS AND LIBRARIES CAN RE-OPEN AT 50% CAPACITY WHILE FOLLOWING SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES. RETAIL LOCATIONS CAN NOW ALLOW 50% CAPACITY WHILE FOLLOWING SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES. GYMS CAN NOW REOPEN BY FOLLOWING CDC RECOMMENDED SANITIZING PROCEDURES, AND WHILE FOLLOWING SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES. VACATION RENTAL BAN IS STILL IN PLACE FOR STAYS UNDER 30 DAYS, BUT COUNTIES CAN NOW SUBMIT A RE-OPENING PLAN TO THE GOVERNOR FOR REVIEW TO SEE IF HE WILL ALLOW THEM TO REOPEN. 

  • EFFECTIVE MAY 21, 2020 - Manatee county's Plan for reopening Vacation Rentals has been approved. Now we wait to see if the Anna Maria Island cities will follow suit, or try to continue blocking vacation rentals through the summer.

  • Effective May 22, 2020 - All of anna Maria island is open for vacation rentals.  all local vacation rental companies must follow the approved safety plan for manatee county which is detailed above.

  • EFFECTIVE june 27, 2020 - Anna Maria City and Holmes Beach will now require face masks to be worn when in a public setting and social distancing is not possible. this will be enforced by local law enforcement or City code enforcement.  if you are cited the fine for noncompliance, but will start with a warning. There are a number of exceptions, so please click on the following links for each city to read the full orders.

  • EFFECTIVE JULY 28, 2020 - All of manatee county WILL NOW REQUIRE FACE MASKS TO BE WORN WHEN IN A PUBLIC SETTING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING IS NOT POSSIBLE. THIS WILL BE ENFORCED BY LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OR CITY CODE ENFORCEMENT.  IF YOU ARE CITED THEre is a FINE FOR NONCOMPLIANCE, BUT WILL START WITH A WARNING. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF EXCEPTIONS, SO PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR the county to read the full mandate.

Manatee County Mandate

  • EFFECTIVE August 11, 2020 - Governor DeSantis has rescinded parts of Exec order 20-80 & 20-82, and removed restrictions on hot spot states.  We can now except guests from all 50 states without quarantine restrictions.
  • EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 - The governor’s executive order, effective immediately, will end the five-month ban on visitors at long-term care facilities that he imposed in an effort to protect the state’s most vulnerable residents from the coronavirus.
  • EFFECTIVE September 4, 2020 - GOVERNOR DESANTIS HAS extended the FL state of emergency for another 60 days past the September 8th expiration of original executive order.
  • EFFECTIVE September 11, 2020 - GOVERNOR DESANTIS HAS APPROVED THAT ALL BARs are able to reopen at 50% capacity starting MOnday September 14.
  • EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 - GOVERNOR DESANTIS HAS moved in to a full phase three of reopening for all of Florida. all bussinesses may open at 100% capacity including Resturants, bars, gyms, salons, movie theaters, museums, retail locations, etc. Operation restrictions on Vacation rentals have been lifted, and regular operations can resume immediately. fines for not wearing a mask in a public setting have been suspended at this time. Manatee County Commissioners have also issued a proclamation that “strongly encourages individuals who cannot social distance to wear face coverings and supports businesses displaying signs requiring face masks to be worn in business establishments to reduce the spread of COVID-19." Face masks remain required in schools and inside the County's MCAT buses and public facilities including Manatee County public libraries.
The state task force to REOPEN Florida is not taking public comments.  To do so visit their web page.
The health and well being of our Owners, Vacationing Guests and our Staff is of the upmost importance and we will continue to monitor this situation and update everyone as things change. Thank you for your business and continued support. We value you and looking forward to making your vacation on Anna Maria Island perfect!  Public Boat launches are open to boats and trailers.  Kayaks need to review approved launches.

Thank you,
Jodi Nichols
Co-Owner / Chief Executive Officer
Island Real Estate Vacations, LLC.
Office: 941-778-6066
6101 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
www.IslandReal.com