Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
The Summary as of May 21, 2021
Welcome to VisitStAugustine.com. We are delighted you have an interest in visiting St. Augustine now or in the future. We wish you and yours well and provide this information so you may have a safe and enjoyable vacation in our Old City.
The ferry at Fort Matanzas has begun operating again. The ferry carries 35 people on a first-come, first-served basis and leaves the dock Wednesday through Sunday on the half hour from 9:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
Flagler Legacy Tours starts operating again on May 27. Tours will be conducted on the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays - Sundays.
The City of St. Augustine is planning the traditional Independence Day Fireworks Celebration this year on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Please note, they have the option to cancel up to June 4, 2021.
As of April 27, 2021, St. Augustine has entered a new festival season, with normally scheduled festivals, such as Romanza Festival of the Arts and Music taking place and new ones being scheduled — such as the St. Augustine Food and Wine Festival. Check out our Events Calendar for all upcoming events.
The City of St. Augustine has lifted the moratorium on permitting special events. This means that any large event that complies to the CDS's guidelines for events and gatherings could be permitted.
Per a mandate from the CDC, masks are required on all public transportation, including ride-shares, taxis, and tour vehicles.
As of May 17, 2021, the Castillo de San Marcos is now open on seven days a week, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are still no live demonstrations and the number of people allowed inside is limited. Masks must be worn.
As of May 14, 2021, at Fort Matanzas National Monument, the beaches, beach boardwalks, and beach parking lot are open. The visitor center access and the parking lot there, as well as restrooms, ferry service to the fort, and nature trail access areas remain closed.
Here's where we are in St. Augustine.
Masks are not required in city offices. The city encourages people to continue wearing masks in crowded areas. Individual businesses may opt to have a rule requiring masks for anyone over the age of 2. As a result of new CDC Guidelines, masks must be worn when on all public transportation, ride-shares, taxis, and tour vehicles.
Spring Festivals and Events: We who live here have called March and April "Festival season." Last year, on March 14, the City of St. Augustine cancelled all of the festivals and stopped issuing permits for large gatherings. That ban was lifted earlier in 2021 and festivals have begun, often with limited capacity. The list of what will be happening is growing every day. Check out our Events Calendar for more information.
Here is a partial list of events will take place:
- Romanza Festivale from May 1 to May 14
- The Alligator Farm Raptor Run on May 9
- The "As If" Festival on May 15
- The Greek Festival will again be a Greek Food to Go event this year, on June 4-5, 2021.
- Music by the Sea will present live concerts every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. from May 26 through September 30, 2021.
- Beginning June 3, continuing until September 3,2021, Concerts in the Plaza will present live concerts every Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
- A new festival, the Conquistador Festival will be held at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 19.
- Independence Day Fireworks and Concert in the Park on Sunday, July 4, 2021.
What about all the things that make St. Augustine great year-round, such as restaurants, attractions, places to stay, shops and galleries, and beaches?
- Hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, and vacation rentals are open with enhanced protocols and no restrictions.
- There are no quarantine orders or restrictions in effect for those traveling to Florida from other states.
- As of October 7, 2020, all area places to stay are open. Therefore, we have discontinued the Open List.
- Click on the link to see more of the Places to Stay in St. Augustine.
- Retail Shops are allowed to open at full capacity. We believe that all retail shops are open, some require masks. Others do not. Their operating hours may be reduced.
- Click on the link to see where to Shop in St. Augustine
- Restaurants and Bars are allowed to open at full capacity. Please be aware that some restaurants require staff and guests to wear masks, while others do not. Some have elected to remain open at less than full capacity. In short, things are fluid. We strongly suggest that you call any bar or eatery before creating plans, driving some distance, and looking for parking.
- As of October 7, 2020, nearly all area restaurants and bars are open. Therefore, we have discontinued the Open List and map on this page. That list, and whether restaurants have outdoor dining, can be found here.
- For more information on the restaurants in St. Augustine, including a phone number for each, go here to see the Restaurants in St. Augustine.
- Attractions and Museums are allowed to open. Most of the attractions are open, but some remain closed.
- Live Music has returned to St. Augustine.
- State, County, City and Federal Parks and Beaches
- All city and county parks are open.
- The Beaches of St. Johns County are fully open.
- The St. Johns County Fish Pier at St. Augustine Beach is open and use fees apply.
- Most state parks are open in some capacity, but some have not fully opened their visitor centers. See here for more information.
- Anastasia State Park is open for day use and camping.
- Castillo de San Marcos will reopen beginning on October 21. New hours will be Wednesday through Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Only 100 people will be allowed in at a time, and there will be no programs or live cannon demonstrations. The fees are as normal, but only debit and credit cards will be accepted. No cash. Attendees are asked to wear a mask whenever social distancing is not possible. For guidance, the park staff asks folks to follow the CDC Guidelines for Visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities. Visitors are encouraged to download the Park App, for an enhanced experience of the Castillo.
- Movie Theaters bowling alleys, concert houses, theaters, and auditoriums may reopen, but are advised to maintain social distancing guidelines and to continue frequent sanitization protocols.
- Gyms and fitness facilities may operate at full capacity.
- Hair salons, nail salons, and barbershops are open with enhanced protocols.
- Each business may require their patrons and staff to wear masks. The City of St. Augustine strongly encourages people to wear masks, wash their hands often, and maintain social distancing.
- Anastasia State Park, 300 Anastasia Park Road — As of May 7, 2020, the state park will be open for day-use recreation from 8:00 a.m to sunset. Normal park fees apply.
- St. Johns County Beaches (See this map) — (See this link.) Beginning Monday, May 11 2020, The beaches of St. Johns County will allow driving on the beaches, with no restrictions on time or activities.The parking lots are open. The St. Johns County Fish Pier will open to the public with no access fee. The pavilion, gift shop, and volleyball courts will remain closed. The Beaches of St. Johns County are Crescent Beach, Frank B. Butler County Park - East, The Beach at the GuanaTolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, For Matanzas National Monument Beach, Mickler's' Beachfront Park, North Beach, River to Sea Preserve, South Ponte Vedra Beach Recreation Area, St. Augustine Beach, Surfside, Usina Beach, and Vilano Beach. (Vilano Beach has limited driving access due to a replenishment project.)
- Washington Oaks Gardens, 6400 Overshore Blvd. North, Palm Coast — As of May 4, 2020, the Beach at Washington Oaks will be open.
Open Parks & Recreation
- Castillo de San Marcos reopened on October 21, 2021. They are open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Only 100 people will be allowed in at a time, and there will be no formal programs or live weapons demonstrations. The fees are as normal, but only debit and credit cards will be accepted. No cash. Attendees are asked to wear a mask whenever social distancing is not possible. For guidance, the park staff asks folks to follow the CDC Guidelines for Visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities. Visitors are encouraged to download the Park App, for an enhanced experience of the Castillo. (As of February 26, 2021)
- St. Johns County Parks, Open Green Spaces, and Trails — All parks that have been open will remain open during normal hours. (The link is a map to St. Johns County sites.) The County reminds everyone that they should maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet and not congregate in groups.
- Florida State Parks in St. Johns County: Anastasia State Park, Faver-Dykes State Park, Fort Matanzas, and Fort Mose Historic State Park The beach at Anastasia State Park is open for day use. Faver-Dykes State Park is open for day use. Restroom facilities may be limited. Fort Mose is open for limited use. The museum is closed and restroom facilities may be limited. Fort Matanzas State Park is open for limited use, though the buildings are closed. The beach ramp is now available for vehicle access and access has been restored to the park beaches.
- GTM Research Reserve, including Middle and South Beaches, Guana Trails, and Guana Dam, is open for recreation. The visitor's center is now open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m on Tuesdays through Saturdays, with the exceptions of state holidays. The Guided Exploration Hikes are back, with a limit on the number of participants. The restrooms are open, but the restroom at the Dam is undergoing renovation, and a Porta-Let is available.
- Anastasia State Park, 300 Anastasia Park Road — As of May 21, the state park will be open for day use and camping. Normal park fees apply.
- Faver-Dykes State Park, 1000 Favor Dykes Road — Open for day use, 8:30 a.m. to sunset. Restroom facilities may be limited. All other park facilities are closed.
- Fort Mose State Park, 15 Fort Mose Trail — Open for day use, daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum is open, but the restroom availability may be limited. Masks are required when visitors are inside.
- Palatka to St. Augustine State Trail, State Road 207 — Open 8:00 a.m. to sundown. Restroom availability is limited; all facilities remain closed.
CLOSED Due to COVID-19
(Updated May 21, 2021
Closed Restaurants, Pubs & Bars
- Prince of Wales, 54 Cuna Street — (904) 810-5725 Closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus. (March 29, 2021.)
- Fort Matanzas, 8635 A1A South — (904) 471-0116 While the grounds and beach are open, the buildings remain closed and there is no ferry service to the fort. (As of May 14, 2021)
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