COVID-19 Travel Safety Information

Welcome to “Real Florida. Real Close.” We can’t wait to see you in Lake County when you are ready to visit. Check out our website and use the Trip Planner to create your next “Real Florida” adventure or read some of our recent travel blog posts for ideas of things to do “Real Close.”

For the latest news and updates from businesses throughout Lake County, FL follow @VisitLakeFL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We also recommend that visitors also check directly with hotels, attractions and other local businesses for specific updates regarding any change in operating status.

If you would like more information on traveling to Lake County, FL, call our office at 352-742-3918 or email us at VisitLake@lakecountyfl.gov.

Latest Information Regarding COVID-19

Visit the Lake County, FL COVID-19 Resource Page for current news and information regarding the Coronavirus Disease response in Lake County, FL.

Here’s the latest information and guidance regarding COVID-19 from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the state Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges all Americans to stay home, avoid non-essential travel, and exercise the following safety precautions in public:
– Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other people.
– Do not gather in groups.
– Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
– Wear a cloth face covering when around others

The Florida Department of Health encourages Floridians to follow the three C’s:

1.  Closed Spaces. Avoid closed spaces with poor ventilation that could allow contagious droplets to linger in the air.
2.  Crowded Places. Avoid crowded places with many people nearby; the greater the number of individuals in an area, the greater the chances of COVID-19 spreading from person-to-person.
3.  Close-Contact Settings. Avoid close-range conversations and stay at least six-feet from others.

All persons in Florida over age 65 and/or with a significant underlying medical condition are urged to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Click here for more information.

Face covering requirements in Florida vary by location. 

If you have questions about COVID-19 in Florida, go to the Department of Health website, call 1 (866) 779-6121 or email the department help line.

Destination Resources

Refer to the following links for updates from area travel partners, attractions and other local businesses:

Accommodations: Hotels, Vacation Rentals, Campgrounds and More

All Lake County, FL accommodations are currently open. Please visit our website for a listing of accommodations and we recommend to contact the properties directly regarding operating status.

Airports & Florida’s Turnpike

Visit the specific websites for each of the area airports for current travel information; Orlando International Airport COVID-19 Website, Orlando Sanford International Airport Website, Leesburg International Airport Website

Florida’s Turnpike is collecting tolls electronically only. When you come to a toll plaza, please drive through – do not stop. If you don’t have a SunPass or interoperable transponder, you’ll be billed through TOLL-BY-PLATE. For more information, check here.

Attractions

For current status for the major attractions in Central Florida, please visit their specific websites or contact the attraction directly; Walt Disney World’s Travel Information page, Universal Orlando’s operations update page, SeaWorld Orlando’s blog.

Many Lake County attractions have changed their operating hours due to COVID-19. We encourage you to contact each business directly to confirm status.

Click here to see the Florida Attractions Association website that is tracking operating status of attractions around the state of Florida. For more information on attractions in Lake County, please visit our website.

Boat Ramps

A majority of the boat ramps in Lake County are currently open for you to access the waterways. However, some ramps are currently closed due to COVID-19. All recreational boats must be at least 50 feet apart. Each recreational vessel must not have more than 10 people on board.

We encourage you to contact the local authorities and to visit the Florida FWC Boat Ramp Finder for current status before you visit.

Parks & Trails

The Florida state parks located in Lake County including Lake Louisa State Park (Clermont) and Lake Griffin State Park (Fruitland Park) are open. Please contact the parks directly as some amenities and activities may not currently be offered. Visitors are expected to maintain distances of at least six feet apart.

Lake County maintained parks and trails are currently open for you to get outside and enjoy. Use the Lake County Park Finder App to locate a park or recreation area to explore. However, some parks that are maintained by municipalities may not be open. We encourage you to confirm the status of the park before visiting.

All Lake County Water Authority preserves are open to the public. This includes Hickory Point Park, Scrub Point, Hidden Waters, Flat Island Preserve, Sabal Bluff, Bourlay Historic Nature Preserve, Sawgrass Island Preserve, Crooked River Preserve and Lake Norris.

While exploring the outdoors, visitors should remember the CDC guidelines for social distancing.

Museums, Libraries

Museums and libraries may operate at full capacity. For more information, click here and here.

Movie Theaters, Auditoriums, Bowling Alleys, Etc.

Movie theaters statewide can operate at full indoor capacity. So can concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades. For more information, click here.

Restaurants & Bars

Restaurants and food establishments statewide may open at full capacity for on-premises consumption of food and beverages.

Gyms, Fitness Centers

Gyms and fitness centers statewide may operate at full capacity with appropriate social distancing and frequent sanitation. For more information, click here and here.

In-Store Retail

Retail establishments statewide may operate at full capacity. For more information, click here and here.

Lake County Cities

For current information from the many unique cities within Lake County we encourage you to visit their website and COVID-19 resource pages for updates for parks, businesses, operations and more.

City of Clermont websiteCOVID-19 updates

City of Eustis website – COVID-19 updates

City of Fruitland Park website – COVID-19 updates

City of Groveland website – public notices

Town of Lady Lake website

City of Leesburg website – COVID-19 updates

City of Mascotte website – COVID-19 updates

Town of Minneola website

City of Mount Dora website COVID-19 page

City of Tavares website

City of Umatilla website

From the Florida Department of Health: What You Should Know

COVID-19 can spread from person to person, like the flu, through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. People may contract COVID-19 by contaminating their hands with the virus and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth, among other ways.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Florida Department of Health recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Staying home when you are sick;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty, and;
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Florida’s residents and visitors should continue to refer to the DOH and CDC for the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19.

Florida Department of Health (DOH)

Website | Twitter | Facebook | COVID-19 Call Center: 1-866-779-6121 (available 24/7)  | COVID-19@flhealth.gov

U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC)

Website | Twitter | Facebook

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