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Charlotte County Recovery Process

REVISED 8/6/20 - Guidelines below reflect recent changes.

Effective Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, under Executive Order 20-192, Section 2 states "Section 3 of Executive Order 20-139, which incorporates requirements of Executive Orders 20-80 and 20-82, as extended by Executive Order 20-166, is rescinded. Otherwise, Executive Order 20-139 remains in effect for the duration of Executive Order 20-166." 

Beginning Monday, May 18, under Executive Order 20-123, Section 4: Vacation Rentals, Florida counties may seek approval to operate vacation rentals with a written request from the County Administrator and the county’s safety plan for vacation rental operations submitted to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation Secretary. 

Charlotte County and the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau understand the urgency in reopening our vacation rentals especially with the Memorial Day weekend fast approaching. Our Tourism Director worked with County Administration all weekend on a plan that was submitted to the FDBPR the morning of May 18. That plan, included below, was discussed with the Commissioners and was a topic on the agenda at the Tuesday, May 19 meeting at 1:30 pm.

At approximately 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, we were notified by FDBPR that the plan had been approved. 

Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) Status of Vacation Rental Operations by County:

Charlotte County Plan to Reopen Short-Term Vacation Rentals

As a supplement to the Full Phase 1 reopening across the state of Florida, Charlotte County will implement the following additional measures to enable vacation/short term rental units to begin taking reservations and accepting check-ins the week of May 18th:

  • Reservations will not be permitted, nor new guests accepted for check-in from areas identified by Governor DeSantis through Executive Orders as high-risk (currently NO areas are identified as high-risk); reservations made prior to an area being designated as high-risk can be honored. Areas may be added or deleted based upon further Executive Orders by the Governor without the need for further amendment of the plan.

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  • Per U.S. government restrictions, entry into Florida will be denied to foreign nationals who have, in the previous 14 days, been in the following countries:​
    • China
    • Iran
    • European Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)
  • United Kingdom:
    • England
    • Scotland
    • Wales
    • Northern Ireland)
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Brazil

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  • The limit of number of guests in each rental will be no more than 10 and expand in accordance with State guidelines as we enter new phases.

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  • Property owners and managers will provide COVID-19 guidance of any local restrictions that are in place during the guest stay and other related local information. The county has posted online all current information related to such restrictions so that it can be easily accessible to lodging operators and guests 24/7.
  • Property owners and managers will adhere to all Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) sanitation guidelines already in place as addressed under 61C-3.001 Sanitation and Safety Requirements of the transient lodging statutes.
  • Property owners and managers should follow the CDC’s cleaning and sanitization procedures and adhere to a minimum of 6-hours between "check out" and "check in" to ensure ample time to properly clean and disinfect the property between bookings.
  • Signage will be placed at each property highlighting the cleaning protocols between stays.

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  • Property owners and managers should supply all employees or contractors with CDC related safety guidance while operating in the short-term rental industry units to alleviate the transmission of the virus and provide further protection for employees and guests.

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  • Property owners and managers should supply guests with CDC guidance for guests traveling with pets and service/assistance animals if the property is pet friendly.

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  • Property owners and managers should also share CDC resources to any guest while staying in their units. These resources are available in multiple languages at the CDC website.

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This plan will be reviewed at least bi-weekly and updated as necessary.