Polk County COVID-19 Updates

Vacation Rental Homes

Polk County Board of County Commissioners submitted Health and Safety Guidelines for Polk County Vacation Rental Homes to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). Polk County's Vacation Rental Homes Health & Safety Plan was approved in May.

Click the link below for details about this process.  

Vacation Rental Status

Restaurants & Attractions

LEGOLAND Florida Safe To Visit
LEGOLAND Florida Safe To Visit

Many businesses, restaurants and attractions have reopened and look forward to seeing you soon. Below you'll find links for Attraction openings and Restaurant updates. 

Attraction Updates Eating Local

Mask Requirements

On July 2, Lakeland City Commission voted 5-2 in favor of a resolution that would require masks/face coverings consistent with CDC guidelines for those individuals inside the Lakeland corporate limits. 

Exemptions include children under eight-years old, if a medical issue prohibits the wearing of a mask, issues regarding ADA compliance, persons exercising, those individuals who have an occupation that prohibits a mask and when social distancing is practiced. 

The resolution will expire at 5:00 p.m. on August 3 and will be enforced with a fine not to exceed $250 for those that don’t comply.

Visitor Services

If you have any questions, please call or Visitor Information Center at 863-420-2586. Yes, we are open and ready to take your calls. 

In early 2020, Visit Central Florida published a new Vacation Guide and we'd love to send you a copy. It's free! When you're ready to visit, we'll be here. Request a new guide and start planning soon. 

State of Florida Updates

Travelers from areas with substantial community spread of the virus, including the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state area, to quarantine for 14 days, or for the duration of their presence in the state, whichever is shorter, are still in effect. Airport screenings and roadside checkpoints are set up to check for potential COVID-19 cases. The checkpoints do not apply to persons involved in commercial activity or to students traveling for the purpose of academic work, internships, sports training or any other activity or program approved by the educational institution. 

  • Restaurants and food establishments statewide may allow on-premises consumption of food and beverages so long as they adopt appropriate social distancing measures and limit their indoor occupancy to no more than 50 percent of the building’s capacity. Outdoor seating is permissible with a minimum of six feet between parties. Restaurants statewide can remain open for delivery and take-out services. 
  • Movie theaters statewide - except for Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties - can operate at 50 percent of indoor capacity. So can concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades
  • Retail establishments statewide - except for Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties - may open at full capacity if they abide by the safety guidelines issued by the CDC and OSHA.
  • Museums and libraries may open at full capacity if permitted by local government
  • Bars, pubs and taverns statewide - may not open for onsite alcohol consumption.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges all Americans to stay home, avoid non-essential travel, and exercise the following safety precautions in public:

  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other people.
  • Do not gather in groups.
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when around others

All persons in Florida over age 65 and/or with a significant underlying medical condition are urged to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.