August 11, 2020

Face Coverings Required In Alabama

Ala. Gov. Kay Ivey has amended the Safer at Home order to require the use of face masks in public when interacting within six feet with people of another household. Children 6 years of age or under are exempt from this requirement, which will remain in effect through August.

The governor and local municipalities have assured that masks are not required on the beach as long as a six-foot distance can be maintained between household groups.

Full Details Here

Beaches, Restaurants, Attractions Remain Open

All public beaches and vacation rental properties along the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast remain open. This includes beaches in Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan and Orange Beach, Alabama, which remain open per Ala. Gov. Kay Ivey's recently extended "Safer at Home" order.

Beaches in Perdido Key, Florida, also remain open.

Restaurants, entertainment venues and attractions are also open.

Anyone using the beaches must maintain a consistent six-foot distance between himself or herself and all persons from a different household. Face masks are recommended for those in the water where safe and practicable. Full Details Here

Read Ala. Gov. Kay Ivey updated the "Safer at Home" health order, which has been extended through July 31, 2020: HERE.

See a list of beach reopening FAQs here.

Restaurants, Bars & Breweries In Alabama

In Alabama, bars and breweries or similar establishments may offer on-premises consumption, must limit the party size at tables to no more than eight persons, and must maintain at least six feet of separation between people seated at different tables, booths, chairs or stools.

Restaurants may continue to offer food for take-out or delivery provided the social distancing protocols, including maintaining a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are allowed.

The Alabama Beverage Control Board is cutting off on-premise alcohol sales at bars, restaurants and clubs at 11 p.m., each night with the requirement that all alcohol be consumed by 11:30 p.m.

Employees must wear a mask or other facial covering that covers his or her nostrils and mouth at all times while in regular interaction with patrons or guests. Buffets, self-service drink stations and salad bars are not allowed.

Pools In Alabama

Pools may be open at 50 percent of the normal occupancy load as determined by the fire marshal.

Boat Launches & Waterways In Alabama

All public boat launches and waterways in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach remain open, as are all recreational trails, public fishing piers, golf courses and waterways. People are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing and stay at least six feet from each other and in groups of less than 10 people.

Charter Fishing In Alabama

Charter fishing is open, but boats must avoid gatherings of 10 or more clients and must keep those clients six feet apart. Charter operators must also regularly disinfect frequently used items and surfaces.

Retail & Entertainment Venues In Alabama

All retail stores are able to open subject to 50 percent occupancy rate and social distancing rules.

At 5 p.m., Friday, May 22, entertainment venues, such as bowling alleys, arcades, water parks, mini golf driving ranges, concert venues, theaters, auditoriums, performing centers, tourist attractions, racetracks, commercial or public playgrounds, etc., may reopen at 50 percent capacity and subject to social distancing rules. Zoos, aquariums and natural tourist attractions are also on the re-opening list.

Close-Contact Service Providers In Alabama

Effective May 11, close-contact service providers, such as barber shops, hair salons, waxing salons, threading salons, nail salons and spas, body art facilities, tattoo services, and massage therapy establishments and services may reopen, provided clients or persons accompanying a client follow social distancing rules, employees wear a mask or other facial covering, and services are provided at a distance of six feet or more from other clients.

Athletic Facilities In Alabama

Athletic facilities such as fitness centers and commercial gyms, spas and yoga, barre and spin facilities may reopen provided social distancing rules are followed.

Perdido Key, Florida, Operations

In Florida, Escambia County beaches, including Perdido Key, are open. There are no restrictions on activities as long as social distancing guidelines are met, including staying six feet apart and maintaining groups of 10 or fewer. The beaches are open 30 minutes before sunrise and close 30 minutes after sunset each day.

Restaurants, retail stores, museums and libraries can operate at limited indoor capacity. Bars, gyms, salons and schools remain closed during the first of state's multi-phased reopening plan but are expected to reopen during Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan.

Vacation Rentals In Perdido Key Are Open!

Perdido Key Houses        Perdido Key Condos

Prior to completing your reservation for a Perdido Key property, we ask that you read the approved Escambia County “Short-Term Vacation Rental Reopening Plan,” and that by continuing with your reservation you agree to comply with the terms of the plan, namely:

1. Reservations and stays will be allowed from U.S. states with a COVID-19 Case Rate of less than 700 cases/100,000 residents as of May 15. Please check your state’s case rate before confirming booking by using the following link: Case Rate by State

2. Reservations from COVID-19 hot spots identified by the Governor of Florida are to be avoided for the next 30-45 days.

3. Reservations from international travelers will not be accepted.

4. Guests are advised to practice physical distancing using CDC Guidelines by standing at least six feet away from other groups of people not traveling with them, including any area where guests or employees queue: Social Distancing Guidelines

5. The following CDC guidance is provided to guests traveling with pets and service/assistance animals if the property welcomes pets: CDC Animals Guidance

6. For local COVID-19 guidance, see Escambia County’s dedicated page: Local Guidance

Nominate A Front Line Hero For A Beach Vacation

We are so grateful for all the front line heroes that have put themselves into the path of the COVID-19 virus to care for us, our family, our neighbors and our communities.

While there's no way we could ever repay them for the work they have done to battle the virus, we would like to express our gratitude by offering the gift of time to reconnect with their loved ones at the beach.

Please help us recognize first responders, healthcare workers and other front line people who have made a difference in your community by telling their story and entering them into a drawing to win one of 20 complimentary three-night Gulf Coast vacations to be used when they are able to enjoy a getaway (some restrictions apply).

We are amazed at the number of nominations already being submitted (nearly 500!), and are proud to be part of an industry that allows us to give back to these heroes. Please keep them coming!

Details & Nomination Form

Further updates and confirmations of reopenings will be noted here as more information becomes available.

Thank You For Your Patience As We Prepare

As part of our CleanShield program, Meyer's housekeeping team is taking care to ensure all vacation rentals are properly cleaned for the incoming arrival.
While every effort is made to ensure vacationers are able to check-in as early as 4 p.m., we cannot guarantee the cleaning process will be fully completed by arrival time. Please be assured we are working to minimize delays.
Businesses throughout the Gulf Coast area are learning to serve vacationers within a “new normal.” Without a doubt, cleanliness is top-of-mind and while we are eager to help vacationers get their vacation started, we also want to be sure the unit is ready for arrival.
Some arrivals will experience a delayed check-in due to our housekeeping schedule. Any vacationer whose arrival is impacted by that delay will call or text to inform them.
If a vacation rental is clean and ready for check-in before 4 p.m., vacationers will receive a text with this information.

We're Here To Answer Your Questions

We understand that you may have questions regarding your plans for visiting our stretch of paradise, and we are here to keep you informed and answer any questions that you may have.

Meyer Vacation Rentals' Gulf Shores office is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week. The Perdido Key, Fla., office is temporarily closed.

Additional Resources

1. Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism
2. Office of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey
3. City of Gulf Shores, Alabama
4. City of Orange Beach, Alabama
5. Escambia County (Perdido Key), Florida
6. Office of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
7. Meyer Vacation Rentals Frequently Asked Questions

Update Your Reservation

To make a reservation, please contact one of our vacation planners between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week:

We look forward to maintaining communication with all of our valued guests in the coming days and weeks, and look forward to the opportunity to host you on our white sand beaches in the near future.