Is it safe to travel to Florida now?

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Florida isn’t considered a safe place to visit during COVID-19 but not all the counties are considered unsafe. Miami, Broward, Hillsborough, Duval and Palm Beach are the most infected places at the moment.

December 28 Update:

Florida is experiencing another wave of Coronavirus and remains the 3rd most infected state in the US.

On Sunday 27, 7,391 new COVID cases were reported which is slightly lower than previous days.

In total, Florida reported 1,271,979 positive COVID-19 cases and 21,213 deaths caused by the virus. Daily rates are between 6k – 10k cases.

Below you can see 12 most infested counties in Florida, sorted by new cases from December 2.

For the full list of COVID statistics in all Florida counties, check here.

In general, the CDC follows a very cautious approach to interstate traveling since the beginning of the pandemic. In their own words, it is a lot safer to stay home as much as possible. 

For some of us, a little risk is worth taking, especially after months of being confined in our homes facing all new kinds of stress. So, how much risk are we talking about in Florida anyway? 

According to the CDC’s COVID-19 data map, Florida has one of the lowest numbers of new cases in the country. It is as safe as it gets right now, just remember to follow the universal biosafety recommendations (social distancing, wearing a mask, and avoiding crowds.) 

Why visit Florida in COVID times?

First and foremost – Florida has no entry restrictions!

Florida is an internationally recognized destination due to its Theme Parks and tropical weather. If you love going to theme parks, you will never go wrong with Florida. In COVID times, when traveling has to some extent become a hustle, especially for people traveling with kids, Florida stands as one of the best destinations to look into in 2020.

Only the fact that American citizens and residents do not need a passport and don’t have to deal with international (sometimes inconsistent or unknown) airport rules and restrictions, makes this destination the safest to escape winter in 2020.  

Florida’s Health Care System and Response Capacity

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive, worldwide disruption. In addition to the millions infected and the hundreds of thousands killed, the virus has disrupted economies across the globe.

Well, It seems like the virus has taken a toll on Florida. The State has had 51,115 persons in hospital and 17,300 deaths, as of November 13. 

According to local media, Florida may be hiding the real pandemic situation. “At this point, it’s endangering people,” says Ryan Panchadsaram, former data official in the Obama administration. “We’re now in the third wave, and I think our only way out is really open, transparent and actionable information.”

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Florida has no travel restrictions in place as of today. However, The Florida Department of Health -recommends- wearing face masks if social distancing is not possible and avoid public gatherings of more than 10 people. 

These are recommendations, though. You will not be fined if you do not comply with them.  

Keep in mind that local governments may enforce requirements directly on businesses, operations or venues, including buildings, beaches and parks, that may be stricter than those issued by the State. So make sure to contact your hotel before traveling. 

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