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Here you will find previous updates regarding the reopening of Charlotte County and Florida in general.
 

Click Here for Vacation Rentals Re-Opening Info

 

State of Florida Recovery Process

Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery Went into Effect Monday, May 18, 2020.  

On May 8, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-114, extending Florida’s state of emergency due to the coronavirus for another 60 days.

Of special note about Executive Order 20-123:  

  • Short-term vacation rentals approved for Charlotte County. Review Charlotte County's Plan for Short-Term Vacation Rentals. 
  • Restaurants and food establishments may serve patrons at indoor seating up to 50%. Bar counters are to remain closed to seating, and outdoor seating remains available with social distancing. 
  • Retail can operate at 50% of indoor capacity.
  • Museums and libraries may operate up to 50%, however local public museums and local public libraries may operate only if permitted by local government.
  • Gyms and fitness centers may operate up to 50% so long as they adopt safety measures. 
  • No change for bars, service is not available. 
  • Schools remain distance learning.
  • Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited.
  • Vulnerable individuals should avoid close contact with people outside the home.
  • All individuals, when in public, should maximize physical distance from others.
  • Avoid socializing in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for physical distancing.
  • Face masks are recommended for all those in face-to-face interactions and where you can’t social distance.
  • Answers to frequent asked questions for Executive Order 20-123 relating to restaurants and food establishments are available HERE
  • A useful infographic about Florida's Full Phase 1 is available HERE
     
Charlotte County Recovery Process

Barber Shops, Hair Salons and Nail Salons - These businesses were allowed to reopen beginning Monday, May 11.

Beaches - Charlotte County beaches are open regularly scheduled hours (6 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Parking will be free until through May 31. Starting June 1, patrons must either have a parking pass or use the Park Mobile app to pay for parking. Restrooms at Charlotte County beaches are open. Executive Order 20-91 will continue to be enforced, such as no gatherings of 10 or more. Sarasota County has opened beaches, as well—please see Sarasota County’s website www.scgov.net for information about its beaches.

Boat Ramps - Parking at boat ramps will be free through May 31. Starting June 1, patrons must either have a parking pass or use the Park Mobile app to pay for parking at boat ramps.

Sports Courts - Charlotte County tennis and pickleball courts reopened for regularly scheduled hours beginning May 8.

Restrooms -  Restrooms at county parks are now open, except restrooms at the following facilities, which are under construction:

  • Ann and Chuck Dever Regional Park football field
  • Harbor Heights Park
  • Maracaibo Kidspace Park
  • Centennial Park baseball field
  • Centennial Park soccer field
  • Rotonda Community Park
  • South County Regional Park baseball field
  • South County Regional Park softball field

The following Charlotte County amenities will be open for regular hours beginning June 1:
• Carmalita Park horse arena
• Radio-controlled tracks and ponds
• Pavilions and picnic tables
• Basketball, bocce, shuffleboard and volleyball courts
• Don Cerbone Skate Park

Park users are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing, good hygiene and personal protection.
All parks remain open for non-organized activities (no league practices or games, private functions, group activities). Outdoor fitness equipment, portable toilets, Cedar Point Environmental Center, JM Berlin Skate Park, recreation centers, libraries, splash pads, and playgrounds, remain closed.

Libraries -  The Mid-County Regional Library will be open June 2 with limited capacity, computers by reservation only and reduced hours of operation. For library information, visit www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov and click Libraries & History or call 941-613-3160. Curbside pick-up will continue at all branches.

Swimming Pools - Pools at Port Charlotte Beach Park, Ann and Chuck Dever Regional Park and South County Regional Park will open June 1 with restrictions on the number of patrons allowed. Pool patrons must make a reservation for one-hour blocks of lap swimming or water aerobics classes. No walk-ins allowed. Online reservations will be accepted beginning May 31. Reservations can only be made for the next day. Visit www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov and click the County Pools banner.