Florida is not considered a very safe place to visit during COVID-19, but not all Florida counties are considered unsafe. Miami Dade, Broward, Volusia and Hillsborough are the most affected places at the moment.
Update – April 3
Some counties in Miami are experiencing a serious outbreak of COVID-19, especially in the Dade area. Cases have been steadily increasing in recent weeks. Hospitalized patients and the death toll also remain very high.
Everything suggests that the limitation that Governor Ron DeSantis imposed on local governments, forcing them not to add extra precautions beyond those of the state, played a role in the outbreak. (Source)
To stay safe, the Florida Department of Health encourages residents and tourists to follow what they call the 3 C’s, avoid enclosed spaces with insufficient ventilation, avoid crowded places and avoid close to one in a chat.
Update – February 16
Florida remains the third most infected state in the United States, but the situation is gradually improving in recent weeks.
Current daily rates have dropped to 5000-7000 daily cases in the last 7 days.
The US government is considering a ban on domestic travel to Florida but according to the latest news and statements from Florida Governor Desantis, this is unlikely to happen.
Current COVID statistics in Florida
Florida reported 2,071,015 positive COVID-19 cases and 33,608 deaths caused by the virus.
Below, the 11 most affected counties in Florida ranked by new cases in the past 7 days.
In general, the CDC has followed a very cautious approach to interstate travel since the beginning of the pandemic. In his words, it is much safer to stay at home as long as possible.
Why visit Florida at the time of COVID?
First of all – Florida has no entry restrictions!
Florida is an internationally recognized destination due to its theme parks and tropical climate. Travelers who love going to theme parks will never go wrong with Florida. At the time of COVID, when travel became somewhat confusing, especially for those traveling with children, Florida stands out as one of the best destinations to look at in 2021.
Just the fact that American citizens and residents do not need a passport and do not have to deal with international (sometimes inconsistent or unknown) airport rules and restrictions makes this destination a good choice to escape in the spring of 2021.
Florida health system and responsiveness
The COVID-19 pandemic caused massive disruption worldwide. In addition to the millions of infected and the hundreds of thousands of deaths, the virus has affected economies around the world.
According to local media, Florida may be hiding the real pandemic situation. “At this point, it is putting people in danger,” said Ryan Panchadsaram, a former Obama administration data officer. “Now we are in the third wave and I think our only way out is really open, transparent and actionable information.”
Florida has no travel restrictions to this day. However, the Florida Department of Health -recommends- wearing masks if social distance is not possible and avoiding public meetings with more than 10 people.
However, these are recommendations. You will not be fined if you fail to comply with them.
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