Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Cornavirus rescrictions, lists of open businesses, and what to expect in St. Augustine and the county.

  • The Summary as of Tuesday, October 7, 2020

    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.

    What's New? As of September 25, 2020, bars and restaurants may open at 100% capacity and masks are no longer required by law.

    Governor DeSantis has announced that Florida is in Phase Three allowing bars and restaurants to open at 100% capacity, removing the social distancing requirement at gyms and health clubs, and declaring that no local government may assess penalties and fines to those who choose not to wear a mask.

    Here's where we are in St. Augustine.

    Masks are strongly encouraged in the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and St. Johns County businesses and in public spaces when social distancing is not possible. Individual businesses may opt to have a rule requiring masks for anyone over the age of 2.

    Many of the Festivals and Events that are normally scheduled for the fall have been cancelled. Some have round a work-around that will let us celebrate St. Augustine's food and fun. Click on the link for the Status of 2020 Fall Events and Festivals

    Nights of Lights will begin on November 14 and continue through January 31. The tour companies will have Nights of Lights Tours throughout the season. However, the Light Up the Night Celebration, the Regatta of Lights, and the Christmas Parade have all been cancelled for 2020. Click this link for information about the Status of 2020 Nights of Lights and Holiday Events.

    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. All retail shops are open, some require masks. Others do not.
    • 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.
      • 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.
      • Most of the large venues, such as Colonial Oak Music, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, and the Amphitheatre, are still closed.
      • Restaurants, pubs, and bars have added live music back to their calendars. Click here to see where to find Live Music in 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.
      • The Castillo de San Marcos remains closed as of  October 7, 2020.
    • 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.

     

      Open Beaches

      • Anastasia State Park, 300 Anastasia Park Road — As of May 7, 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, 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

      • 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.  All events have been cancelled. 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 buildings and museum remain closed, and the restroom availability may be limited.
      • 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

      (Updated October 7, 2020.)

      Closed Restaurants, Pubs & Bars 

      • Flavors Eatery, 125 King Street — (904) 824-4221 Closed until further notice (As of July 8)
      • Present Moment Cafe, 224 West King Street — Temporarily Closed and planning on reopening in the fall (As of September 16, 2020)
      • Prince of Wales, 54 Cuna Street — (904) 810-5725 Closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus. (June 23)

      Closed Attractions, Museums, and Tour Services:

      • Castillo de San Marcos, 1 South Castillo Drive —Closed until further notice. (As of October 8, 2020.)
      • Cathedral Basilica, 38 Cathedral Place —  The Cathedral is open for mass and prayer. There are no tours at this time. (As of October 8, 2020)
      • Flagler College Tour, Closed "at least" through September. (As of October 8, 2020)
      • Fort Matanzas, 8635 A1A South — (904) 471-0116 While the grounds and beach are open, the buildings remain closed. (As of October 8, 2020)
      • Governor's House Cultural Center and Museum, 1 S. Castillo Drive — Closed until further notice. (As of October 8,2020)
      • Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Avenue.  Currently closed. Many shows have been postponed. (As of October 8, 2020)
      • Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, 102 Martin Luther King Avenue — Closed, suspended all operations as of March 17. (As of October 8, 2020.)
      • Peña Peck House, 143 St. George Street — Closed until further notice. (As of October 8, 2020)




    • Reviews

      We are planning a vacation there starting August 1st. Do you know if things will be open fully by then.

      We are here now and pretty much everything is open

      We have a reservation at the end of July. Our room is non-refundable if not cancelled by the 18th. Even then we only get half of what we paid back. What are the chances of another shut down in your city with the rise of COVID?

      I have a reservation for July 23-26, are the beaches closed/anticipated to be closed?

      We would like to come for vacation. Are you mandated to wear masks or can this be at your discretion?

      I have contacted a lot of places in Saint Augustine. I have been told that most of the restaurants that serve alcohol will still be open but it is a limited capacity. You must enter with a mask. You can remove it to eat and then my place it back on to go to the restroom or to leave. As far as shopping anywhere all shops or places to visit you must have a mask on your face. There are some places that are closed. It there is also quite a few still open. I hope this helps

      When will the decision be made about the fireworks at the fort?

      To Marie, and others who are wondering about the Fireworks. The city will make and announce its decision on Monday, June 8.  We will post it in the top section of this article. Thank you for letting us know that we had neglected to mention the date of their deadline. That has been corrected.

      Is the 4 of July in fort matanza cancelled?

      Will the art walk resume on 6/5?

      Good day, Lisa. 

      At this point, large gatherings are discouraged and all retail shops, restaurants, and galleries are allowed to open only at 25% of capacity. We have not heard that anyone is planning to have the Art Walk under those restrictions. 

      Can we still fish at the Inner coastal in St Augustine?

      To Bobbie and all who fish: You can absolutely still launch a boat and enjoy the Intra Coastal waters. We've seen folks fishing, water-skiing, kayaking, and simply taking a boat ride. As of late in March, boats were required to have no more than 10 onboard (no matter the size of the vessel) and could not anchor or beach with 50 feet of another boat. Being on the water is a great way to socially isolate as long as you socially isolate when you are on the water.

      I’m supposed to get married this weekend at River to Sea and then dinner reception at Catch 27. Our wedding hugest count is 12+ bride and groom. Any suggestions on moving forward with this wedding? Will there be a city wide restaurant closure? (Is Catch 27 open?) helllllp!

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    Updated: Tuesday, September 29, 2020