We’ve put together FAQ’s and guide to assist before and during your stay along 30A and the Beaches of South Walton.
WHAT SHOULD WE PLAN FOR BEFORE ARRIVAL?
Bring provisions for your visit. With many additional visitors to the area during summer months, food & general supply inventory may not keep up with increased demand.
Pack a supply of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, paper towels and toilet paper. These high demand items are hard to come by here at the beach - just like they are where you live, so it's best to come prepared.
30A Shops, restaurants and local business may require use of face masks while in their establishments so pack one for everyone in your group.
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HOW WILL OUR VISIT TO 30A BE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?
30A Restaurants by law are currently operating at 50% capacity.
The first step when planning to dine out is to check a restaurant's website and social media pages to learn how they are operating. Many restaurants are understaffed and are unable to have a dedicated person to answer the 100s of emails & phone call requests they’re receiving daily. Use websites, social media and online reservations where available.
Wait-staff and owners are operating their businesses under extraordinary circumstances. Many are now having to take reservations and/or offer curbside pickup when they've never done so before all while using new technology for both. They are working hard to deliver good service, meet customers' expectations all while doing their best to stay in line with CDC regulations.
Be prepared for longer wait times as staff takes the extra required cleaning to insure your safety.
Local Shops are re-opening but may be operating differently
Check local businesses’ social media pages or websites before heading out to shop so you know, in advance, how they're currently operating.
Retail shops are adjusting their routines to follow safe/healthy practices while maintaining the ability to serve shoppers and guests.
You may have to wait outside if a shop is over allowable capacity. Your patience and understanding with sales staff at this time is greatly appreciated.
If you grocery shop during your visit:
Limit the number of people in your shopping group to only one or two at most.
Follow stores’ “ONE WAY” isle directions for customer traffic flow and maintain six foot distances in checkout lines.
Be respectful of those choosing to social distance while in public.
In consideration of others, wear masks while shopping.
Be aware of Walton County beach restrictions & ordinances currently in place.
Beach Vendors have required safety guidelines that includes placing their equipment a minimum of six feet apart. Placing equipment in a manner that prevents groups of more than 10 from congregating and disinfecting equipment between each use.
Visitors to the beach must adhere to CDC guidelines of social distancing – no groups of more than 10, and 6 or more feet between groups.
When interacting with Beach Lifeguards, please be courteous& maintain social distancing. Maintain 6 or more feet of separation when interacting with them or any other person outside your group.
Golf carts are NOT allowed to be operated directly on the 30A Bike Path. Drivers of golf carts on public roads and streets must possess a valid vehicle drivers' license. Golf Carts must be equipped with seat belt restraints and all passengers are required to use seat belts. As a common courtesy to others, golf carts should safely pull over to the side of the road when 5 or more cars are following to allow traffic to pass. According to Florida State Statute, a golf cart may not be operated on public roads or streets by any person under the age of 14.
WHAT ELSE MIGHT BE HELPFUL TO KNOW?
Mingling in public here at the beach is NO different than it is in a large city or other crowded areas. Visitors come to our beaches from many states, urban areas and cities. Everyone is on encouraged to continue practicing social distancing in public places.
Your vacation rental company or host should provide guidelines for how they’re taking care of your property prior to arrival and may provide a list of recommended safety precautions to insure a safe stay while you're here.
If you or anyone in your group is sick before you leave home, postpone your vacation. While you’re at the beach, should anyone in your group get seek, return home immediately to shelter in place & seek medical attention. Hospital beds and health care are limited in our area.
South Walton is home to wide open spaces, beautiful beaches, wonderful state parks, hiking trails, and bike paths…. get outside and enjoy the best of the area while you’re here.
Last but most importantly. . . .Shops, businesses, and restaurant owners are grateful for the direct impact you & your families make on our local economy! Thank you for supporting the beach towns of Rosemary, Alys Seagrove, Seaside, 30A and all of South Walton Florida!