Okaloosa County submits short-term rental plan

Okaloosa County submits plan for opening short-term/vacation rentals. (WJHG/WECP)

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - As part of the Full Phase I reopening across Florida, Okaloosa County will implement the following measures to enable short-term/vacation rentals to start taking reservations and check-in the week of May 18.

- Vacation rental reservations from areas identified by Governor Ron DeSantis as high-risk must be for periods longer than 14 days. Guests arriving from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Louisiana must adhere to quarantine restrictions for 14 days.

- Property owners and managers will provide COVID-19 guidance of any local restrictions that are in place.

- Property owners and managers will adhere to all Department of Business and Professional Regulation sanitation guidelines already in place. They will also adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals and the Vacation Rental Management Association.

- Property owners and managers will adhere to CDC guidelines applicable to public spaces, businesses, schools, and homes.

- Lodging establishments should allow flexible time between stays based upon the CDC cleaning and sanitation procedures.

- Signs will be placed in the rental property highlighting cleaning protocols between stays.

- Property owners and managers will provide employees and/or contractors with CDC related safety guidelines while operating the short-term rental industry units to alleviate transmission of the virus and provide further protection for employees and guests.

- Property owners and managers should provide CDC guidance for guests traveling with pets/ service animals, if the property is pet friendly.

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