Covid Advisory

Our Covid Advisory page offers ways that ensure you are traveling safe in Florida’s Sweetest Spot.

Learn How to Travel Safely in Central Florida

Your safety while visiting Florida’s Sweetest Spot is our top concern. Below, you’ll find resources and links to help plan your safe stay in Polk County, from state and local instructions regarding COVID-19 to updates for attractions and dining options.

Many visitors are asking about what the State of Florida requires in terms of Covid safety protocols and vaccinations. The State of Florida does not permit a business to verify Covid-19 vaccination or recovery status, though this does not restrict a business from taking enhanced safety or screening measures consistent with Government guidelines. Please see the relevant section in the 2021 Florida Statute. The state’s vaccination rate is 74% (June, 2022). Visit for the latest stats and information.

As of this time, masks are not required by any Polk County, Fl municipalities, though certain businesses may require guests to wear masks.

For international visitors, as of June 12th 2022, the US Government has now removed pre-departure testing requirements for all travelers coming into the United States from overseas. Please note however that the CDC’s order requiring proof of vaccination for non-residents is still in effect. Visit the State Department website for further details.


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Central Florida Covid-19 Guidelines

Central Florida Covid-19 Guidelines

Travel Safe In Florida’s Sweetest Spot

Welcome to Polk County, Florida’s Sweetest Spot for epic outdoor adventures, incredible eats and Sunshine State attractions! Here, you can experience the best that Lakeland and Winter Haven have to offer while escaping the crowds found in larger cities. From wide open spaces to exhilarating thrill rides at nearby theme parks, we have it all. Let us help you plan a Central Florida vacation.

From incredible outdoor adventures to legendary attractions, there’s always something fun to explore in Florida’s Sweetest Spot.

Arts & Culture
family walking way from carillon tower at Bok Tower Gardens
Kids on Dragon Ride at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven, FL
Golf at Streamsong Resort
Lake Activities
2 women on paddleboards during tour with Paddleboard Winter Haven
Male and female looking at art hanging in gallery at Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL
Nature & Hiking
Hiking Trail, Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, FL

  • Mask Requirements in Polk County

    Central Florida Mask Guidelines
  • Open Attractions

    Dream Up Your Next Florida Vacation. Safari Wilderness, Lakeland, Florida
  • Open Restaurants

    Harborside Restaurant is a great option for waterfront dining in Central Florida, located on Winter Haven's Lake Shipp
  • Nature & Hiking

    Circle B Bar Reserve
  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort

    Staff member at LEGOLAND Florida Resort taking temp of young guest next to guest's mother. All three people are wearing masks. Mask requirements in Polk County vary by city.
  • Vacation Rental Safety Procedures

    exterior of 5 bedroom vacation rental home at Balmoral Florida Resort in Haines City, FL
  • State of Florida Guidelines

    Front entrance of Central Florida's Visitor Information Center in Davenport, FL
  • Polk County Covid Testing Sites

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  • Requirements for Travelers to the U.S.

    LEGO Globe at PLANET LEGOLAND at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven, FL
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