Important Visitor Updates

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(UPDATED 10/5/2020)

As the Space Coast begins to reopen our natural spaces, unique attractions, and local businesses, we want to keep you informed on how to safely plan your stay with us. Please refer to the following information and links to guide your decisions upon returning to the Space Coast.

Florida is currently in Phase 3 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Recovery.  Under this plan, visitors can expect:
•    Hotels, motels, and vacation rentals are available to leisure travelers with normal operating procedures. 
•    Pubs, bars, and nightclubs that derive more than 50% of sales from alcohol can operate at full capacity
•    Restaurants and foodservice establishments may operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols. We encourage you to call ahead, as some locations may still be closed to indoor dining with delivery and curbside pickup available. For a list of recently closed restaurants, check here
•    Recreation: State parks, public beaches, and large venues (movie theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, arcades, playhouses, etc) can reopen fully with limited social distancing protocols.
•    Large sporting events should consider reducing capacity with limited social distancing protocols
•    Theme parks may return to normal operations with limited social distancing protocols.
•    On-site sale and retail businesses will be allowed to operate at full occupancy, with social distancing and safety protocols in place. 
•    Museums and libraries may resume operations at full capacity with appropriate sanitation and social distancing procedures.
•    Personal services such as massage, tanning, tattoo, body piercing, and acupuncture operations may reopen at full capacity with appropriate safety guidelines as outlined by the Department of Health.

Currently, the state of Florida has no travel restrictions in place.
 

Face Coverings 

The CDC encourages the wearing of face masks in areas where social distancing is not possible. While on the Space Coast, it’s a good idea to be prepared to wear a face mask inside essential and non-essential businesses. While face coverings are not mandated on the Space Coast at this time, several cities have adopted guidelines for essential business and some private businesses. Some attractions require the use of face coverings in their establishments. Private businesses will indicate the necessity of a face mask with clearly marked signage outside of their businesses. 

Check city guidelines, attraction, and private business policies at their website to better understand individual face mask requirements. 

City Guidelines:

•    Cocoa
•    Indian Harbor Beach
•    Indialantic

Attraction Guidelines: 

•    The Brevard Zoo
•    Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
•    Ron Jon Surf Shop
 

Public Guidelines:

Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Florida's Plan for Recovery

•    Current recommendations include avoiding groups of 10 or more and social distancing at 6 feet.
•    You may call 211 Brevard by simply dialing 2-1-1 on your phone between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. for any COVID-19 questions or assistance you may need.
•    Florida Department of Health has set up a statewide call center for any questions. You can reach them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 866-779-6121 or email at
[email protected]
•    World Health Organization COVID-19 update
•    CDC Situation Summary
 

Brevard County Government Resources 

•    The Visitor Information Center operated by the Space Coast Office of Tourism in Cocoa Village is currently open for walk-in traffic. Additionally, we are available to assist visitors through phone or email. 
•    Brevard County government offices are open with social distancing measures in place. Some offices will operate by appointment only.
 

Information Regarding Beach Access

•    Brevard County beaches are currently open in accordance with CDC social distancing of 6 feet between individuals. For County COVID-19 updates, visit BrevardFL.Gov.
•    Jetty Park is continuing its phased approach to reopening. See here for detailed changes and here for updates
•    Please check with the individual locations for more details on their current beach guidelines.

o    Titusville
o    Cape Canaveral
o    Cocoa Beach
o    Satellite Beach
o    Melbourne Beach
o    Indialantic
o    Indian Harbor Beach
 

Information Regarding National and State Park Openings

Beginning August 29, 2020, Canaveral National Seashore will resume normal operating hours from 6 am to 8 pm.  This includes access to Apollo Beach and Playalinda Beach districts.  The Apollo Visitor Center will return to operating hours of 9 am to 5 pm daily, and Backcountry Island Campsites will reopen with reservations and use.  Special Use Permits may be issued with possible group size limitations, this includes Backcountry Hiking permits into Klondike Beach.
 
In addition, the following spaces continue to be available:

  • Beach parking and access points in Playalinda and Apollo Districts
  • Park roads and trails in all districts

Park docks, piers, boat ramps, and kayak/canoe launches in all districts

For more information please read the official Press Release.

State Parks

  • Indian River Lagoon Preserve State Park
    • Effective July 2, 2020: Indian River Lagoon Preserve State Park is open (see hours of operation and fee information below). Restroom availability may be limited, all other park facilities are closed. Visitors are expected to maintain distances of at least six feet apart.
  • Sebastian Inlet State Park
    • Effective July 2, 2020: Sebastian Inlet State Park is now open, including the jetties, restaurant, beaches, and campground. The Fishing Museum and McLarty Treasure Museum remain closed. The tip of the north jetty will remain closed until further notice due to storm damage. Due to local orders, facial coverings or masks are required inside buildings for staff and visitor safety. Due to limited visitation, the park may be closed early and may remain closed for several hours. Exact change is necessary when paying with cash. Credit cards are accepted. Visitors are expected to maintain distances of at least six feet apart.
       

Information Regarding Brevard County Parks and Campgrounds 

Brevard County Parks are accepting facility reservations for parties fewer than 50 guests. 

Brevard County Campgrounds: Manatee Hammock, Titusville; Wickham Park, Melbourne; and Long Point, just north of Sebastian; are open at 100% capacity.  Further details can be found here
 

Special Consideration for Airline Passengers:

Special Consideration for Cruise Ship Passengers:

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