NEWS: Vacation Rentals Have Been Approved to Reopen in Florida’s Osceola County

Florida has been seeing a lot of news surrounding the state’s reopening currently!

Disney World

While Vice President Mike Pence was in Orlando to discuss the tourism economy, parts of Florida theme parks have started to reopen. Universal CityWalk and Disney Springs have welcomed guests already, while Gatorland and Fun Spot America have plans to reopen soon. However, the rest of the state’s tourist economy has started to look for ways to open back up as well.

According to Click Orlando News, Osceola County vacation rentals will now be allowed to reopen after approval from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Cinderella Castle

While Florida is currently in Phase One of its reopening plan, counties are encouraged to send in their vacation rental reopening plans for approval from the State Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Since there are more than 30,000 licensed vacation homes that make up for “half of the county’s $60 million tourism development tax dollars”, Osceola County found it extremely important to bring vacation rental revenue back into the picture.

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Spaceship Earth in Epcot’s Future World

Osceola County Chairwoman Viviana Janer has stated that she believes reopening vacation rentals will be beneficial to the community as a whole. She asserts that “this action will have a ripple effect in our community as there are so many small businesses that support the vacation rental market – from housekeepers to lawn and pool maintenance workers, to security staff and caterers, to property managers and companies that handle the numerous details that surround a successful vacation.”

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Monorail Red

Osceola County’s plan included these main points to be approved:

  • Property owners and managers have to adopt guidelines that are in place for businesses
  • They must follow reopen guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting for all lodging
  • Property owners will be asked to provide coronavirus guidance on local restrictions put in place during a guest stay
  • Any guest coming from a highly-infected area must reserve a minimum stay of 14 nights and follow CDC’s self-quarantine guidelines
  • Vacation rentals are not allowed to be used for gatherings that exceed the maximum occupancy
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Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

We will continue to update you with more information about Florida reopenings here!

In the meantime, take a look at our full experience at Disney Springs’ reopening yesterday!

Do you have a vacation booked to Florida in 2020? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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One Reply to “NEWS: Vacation Rentals Have Been Approved to Reopen in Florida’s Osceola County”

  1. Any guest coming from a highly-infected area must reserve a minimum stay of 14 nights and follow CDC’s self-quarantine guidelines? I’d love to know how they’ll define / enforce “a highly-infected area”. I live in Western NY, we started re-opening a week ago. So do I get counted as a area that’s open or lumped in with all of NY including NYC? I’d bet a vast majority of people coming to Florida are from the North East US, even at this time of year.