30A Beaches COVID-19 Updates | May 2020

Posted by Jon Lyons on Monday, May 4th, 2020 at 9:41am.


As of May 19th, 2020 - 30A short-term vacation rental ban has been lifted, and most all beaches here on 30A are open. Note: Seaside will open on May 29th under limited conditions. 

Beaches are OPEN

Vacation rentals are OPEN

Restaurants are OPEN, operating at 50% & social distancing


More details can be found at visitsouthwalton.com 


On May 1st 2020, the Beaches of South Walton (30A) were reopened to the public under social distancing and special ordinance guidelines. But what about vacation rentals? What about all the restaurants and businesses? Here's a quick Q&A to shed a little light on what's happening on 30A during this time: 


  • Are Short Term Vacation Rentals Open & Available? NO.  (Not yet)  

  • Allowed Visitors to the Area and Beaches - Locals and Actual Property Owners

  • Are Restaurants Open? Yes, many. Operating safely at 6ft distances and cautiously at 25% capacity.

- Resource: Visit South Walton & local news WEAR TV (See links at bottom)


Disclaimer: At Live 30A Real Estate, we love our beaches and our unique community. But, we love our people much more - please consult CDC resources and warnings, as well as take all necessary precautions to protect your family, friends, others, and self until COVID-19 is no longer a public threat. May God protect and bless you. 



On Thursday, April 23rd 2020 - The Walton County, FL (where the beloved "towns of 30A" are located) County Commissioners voted to draft an ordinance to reopen all Walton County beaches May 1st 2020. The Ordinance is expected to be drafted, voted, and approved on Tuesday April 28th 2020. Source: WEAR, see footnotes

Dune Allen Beach Live 30A Real Estate Beaches Reopening COVID


The Expected Rules for "Phase 1" of 30A Beaches Being Opened: 

  • Beach Open Sun-up to Sun-down.

  • Social Distancing 6 feet or more. 

  • Any State Executive Orders Must be Followed. 

  • No Beach Vendors (chairs, umbrellas, etc.)

  • After 2 Weeks, re-evaluating the results

  • No Groups Larger than 10

  • Approved Activities: walking, boating, biking, jogging, fishing, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, swimming, and sunbathing. 


What does this mean for my Summer Vacation or 30A Vacation Rental? 

We don't know yet, but are expected to have much more information after May 15th (when the two week studies have been completed from "phase 1" reopening of the beaches). With the virus still strongly affecting parts of the United States, the spread of the virus is still a strong possibility and cautions should be taken to prevent the spread. It is still unsure whether vacation rentals will be open as beach chair companies and beach services will not be available -- there is also considerable debate whether is would be prudent or wise to allow others into your vacation home at this time. 


We understand that income is needed and will be urgent as time passes to keep your beach investments. Rental income will come, people will book, and life will return to normal -- you may even recoup many of your lost income later in the year or next Spring. In the meantime, get creative, work with lenders if needed, enjoy your property if you can, and maybe even move forward a few of those fixer-upper projects if time and money allows it. 


If we can help in any way - whether it's providing market information, handymen or interior designer contacts, or evaluating the value of your home and creating a custom marketing plan for your home to get it sold for you - we are here to help. 

If you are a buyer questioning whether you should buy now or wait - we'd love to chat. Based on your needs and style, there are great points to each approach. 


Together we can make a lasting impact. Each 30A home sale generates a profit that is re-invested into changing lives in Nicaragua, Locally, and around the world. See more Here

* As more information becomes available and true, we will share more. 

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