Novel Coronavirus - COVID-19
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Internationally, in late 2019, cases of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV / COVID-19) began to emerge. COVID-19 is believed to having originated in Hubei region of China. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to influenza, and include cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or at least two of the following symptoms: chills, shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and may appear up to two weeks after exposure to the virus, according to the CDC.
Some people with COVID-19 don't display any symptoms. It is typically more severe than common flu, particularly to the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions. If you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled to country or region with widespread cases of COVID-19, you should isolate yourself and contact your healthcare provider. The WHO, CDC and other health organizations are continually monitoring and updating the public on a very regular basis.
Charlotte County beaches, parks, and fishing piers are open with some restrictions. Restrooms at Englewood Beach and Port Charlotte Beach are open. Please follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines for social distancing. Gatherings of 10 or more are not permitted under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order. Please check the Charlotte County BoCC page for local closures and Florida Travel Information from VISIT FLORIDA for more information. Travel restrictions exist and may also be found on the VISIT FLORIDA Florida traveler information page as well.
Please refer to the following resources for the most up-to-date information and guidance:
Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery Went into Effect Monday, May 18, 2020.
- Review Florida Executive Order 20-123, which extends Executive Order 20-112, as modified by Executive Order 20-120, and brings all Florida counties into Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery. This order went into effect Monday, May 18, 2020.
- Florida Executive Order 20-112 as modified by Executive Order 20-120 regarding Gov. Ron DeSantis' plan for Phase 1: Safe. Smart. This order began Monday, May 4, 2020 and is in effect until a subsequent order is issued.
- Note: Visitors from the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York) and Louisiana, need to self-quarantine for 14 days for the duration of order Executive Order 20-112.
- Outlined in Executive Order 20-120, barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons may operate as long as they adopt appropriate social distancing and precautionary measures as outlined by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
- Answers to frequently asked questions relating to Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-112 are available HERE.
Executive Order 20-123 includes:
- 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.
- CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (English)
- CDC-Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (Español)
- Johns Hopkins CSSE Global Interactive Map (data sources: WHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC and DXY)
- Florida Traveler/Tourist Information (Closures, Procedures, Restrictions, etc.) from VISIT FLORIDA
- Florida Department of Health
- Florida Department of Health Interactive Map by County
Charlotte County (Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach):
If you have any questions/concerns inside the state of Florida, reach out to the Florida Department of Health:
IMPORTANT NOTE: This page is meant predominantly as a resource/collection of sites. This page is not meant to offer any travel or health guidance and visitors should always refer to public health organizations as the authority.
About the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast
Florida's premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, The Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast, is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty. The area has hosted seven major feature films, been featured on SAIL magazine's list of the "10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States," ranked by Golf Digest as the "Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America," and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the "Best Places to Live in the South." For information about area events, activities and attractions, contact the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau, 1700 Tamiami Trail, Suite G-2, Port Charlotte, FL; call 941-743-1900 for a free Visitor's Guide; or visit the Web site at PureFlorida.com.