Your health and safety is our priority, and we are committed to keeping you up-to-date as we work closely with our local leadership related to COVID-19. Please visit our FAQ page for the latest updates. 

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COVID-19 FAQs for Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida

December 2, 2021, 7:30 am CST.


Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida places the highest priority on the health and safety of our residents and visitors. We are committed to consistently providing you with the most up-to-date information on the status of our businesses and attractions as the situation evolves. We will continue to update this page as new information and guidelines become available and work alongside our local leadership, including the Okaloosa County Health Department, to keep all well-informed and safe. ‚Äč

Are we required to wear masks during our stay? 

  • To prevent the spread of the delta variant, today the CDC recommended that fully vaccinated people should now wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas with high COVID-19 transmission.
  • The CDC and Board of County Commissioners also recommend wearing face coverings in any public setting where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. For additional guidance please visit the CDC’s recommendation found here

Is there a curfew or any restrictions?

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  • There are currently no travel advisories or curfews in place for the area. However, vulnerable individuals should continue to avoid close contact with people outside the home, and everyone is advised to continue maximizing physical distance from others.

Are the beaches and parks closed?

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Are roadways and airports impacted?

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  • At this time, there are no quarantine requirements for out of state visitors. 

  • To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect toll collectors, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) will temporarily not accept cash as a form of payment for tolls including the Mid-Bay Toll Bridge. Tolls will still be required, but they will be collected either via SunPass or toll-by-plate. Administrative fees are waived at this time.

  • At this time, the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) is operating as normal. However, given COVID-19’s impact on the industry and individual carriers, we recommend you continue to check directly with the airline.

Are restaurants and bars open?

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  • Yes, restaurants and bars in Destin-Fort Walton Beach are open. Restaurants and bars are permitted to be open and operating at 100% capacity while following CDC approved guidelines. Many local restaurants are still offering outdoor seating with tables spaced 6-feet apart.

Are attractions and activities open?

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Our Visitor Centers on Okaloosa Island and at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport are open to the public, and our visitor specialists are available to help answer any questions you may have. You can also reach them at 800.322.3319. 


We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available, and encourage you to visit/call the following sources regarding travel safety and local updates: