Vacation rentals are back in business

Santa Rosa County short-term rentals can start booking as of today, May 19, according to a letter issued by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).

DBPR approved the county’s plan for re-opening with conditions of additional cleaning as well as limits on which states visitors can come from.  

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced May 15 counties could begin re-opening on a case-by-case basis once safety plans were submitted and approved. 

Under Santa Rosa’s plan, states with more than 500 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of population would be barred from booking. Rental properties are required to provide weekly reports of visitor stays including home ZIP codes of visitors to ensure compliance. 

States currently barred from visiting are Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Nebraska, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

Higher cleaning standards in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and DBPR guidance must also be followed. 

Additional details are in the May 21 issue of Navarre Press


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