Keeping You Safe While Visiting St. Pete/Clearwater

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See What Our Partners are Doing to Keep You Safe

The sun is shining, St. Pete/Clearwater's beautiful beaches are open, and our businesses are welcoming visitors again. You'll find that they're doing so thoughtfully with your safety and comfort in mind.

Pinellas County (St. Pete/Clearwater) has recently put several measures in place to ensure the safety of our locals and visitors. In cities throughout the St. Pete/Clearwater area, everyone inside local businesses (both employees and patrons) must wear masks or face coverings, with a few exceptions. Please find full details here on our Covid-19 Related Updates page. Please follow this guideline to help keep St. Pete/Clearwater businesses open and thriving, and also follow other CDC recommendations such as physical distancing and frequent hand washing. If we all do our part, it's possible to have a safe and memorable vacation!

Hotels & Resorts Going Above and Beyond

From new check-in procedures to super-thorough sanitation protocols, St. Pete/Clearwater's hotels and resorts are stepping up their game. 

Wyndham Grand

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

This beautiful property located on one of the best stretches of beach in America is doing things right to keep guests and staff safe. Here's what you can expect: 

 

  • All staff members will take part in COVID-19 safety/sanitation protocol training, and they'll follow personal protective equipment (PPE) recommendations from the CDC.
  • Staff members will be busy cleaning and disinfecting public spaces at the resort multiple times per day, with special emphasis on high-touch/high-traffic areas such as elevator buttons/panels.
  • Yes, you can order a delicious meal from room service - but expect new, no-contact delivery.
  • You can still relax poolside, just with more space around you (six feet, to be exact, between groups of guests).
  • You'll find hand sanitizers at key guest and employee entrances and contact areas, including lobby and reception areas, pools, exercise areas, restaurant entrances and more. 
Grand Plans
Sirata

Sirata St. Pete Beach

This coastal-casual resort is the perfect place to relax on the sand, play by the pool or enjoy watersports. Learn more about the steps Sirata is taking to provide a wonderful and safe vacation for you.

 

  • Each of Sirata's team members have completed COVID-19 prevention and preparedness training, and they've signed a pledge to adhere to the resort's guidelines.
  • Every Sirata associate on property will wear personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Guest check-in has been modified to minimize contact, and you'll see protective glass shields in this area.
  • Expect delicious food and beverage offerings, along with contactless ordering and food delivery.
  • Beach loungers will be spaced out and cleaned between uses.
  • Pools will operate at 50% capacity and pool loungers will be sanitized after every guest use.
  • Guest rooms will have individual TV remote shields. At this time, to limit contact of guests and associates, daily housekeeping won't be provided. However, guests can request extra towels and bath amenities, as needed.
  • Eact guest room will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before new guests arrive. 
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the property for guests and Sirata associates.
Sirata Style

The Don CeSar, St. Pete Beach

Florida's iconic "Pink Palace" and its Beach House Suites have rolled out their Wellness Enhancements guide, adding comfort and safety to the luxurious experience at the Don CeSar.

 

  • Limited contact at arrival and check-in/check-out
  • Enhanced disinfecting in guest rooms
  • Frequent sanitization of common and high-traffic areas
  • Daily health screenings of The Don Team
  • Increased cleaning of HVAC systems
  • One-way traffic flow in high traffic areas
  • Contactless room service
Pink Palace Wellness
The Bilmar Hotel

Bilmar Beach Resort

Visitors love The Bilmar on Treasure Island for its white sand beachfront and friendly staff. Pair that with the resort's new safety protocols, and it's a winning combination for travel in the time of COVID-19. Here's what to expect: 

 

  • Lots of disinfecting - especially hard surfaces in public spaces, such as elevator buttons, door handles, stair banisters, pens and credit card processors. Add to that pool loungers, recreational equipment and room keys. 
  • Housekeeping will be limited to towel replacement and trash removal to reduce staff time in guests' rooms, but room amenities can be replenished upon your request.
  • Guest rooms will undergo deep cleaning between stays, including disinfection of all high-touch areas.
  • Behind the scenes at the Bilmar (known as the "heart of the house" in hotel employees' lingo), deep cleaning will be taking place as well, to reduce risk to team members and ultimately, to guests. 
Be My Bilmar
Tradewinds Island Resort

Tradewinds Island Resorts

Tradewinds' two gorgeous beachfront resorts, the Tradewinds Island Grand and RumFish Beach Resort, have long been top choices for visitors to St. Pete/Clearwater. But now, there’s even more reason to choose them for your next stay - they’ve put together an incredibly thorough safety program. Here are the highlights: 

 

  • Upon arrival, all guests, employees and vendors are asked to take a simple screening questionnaire to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Tradewinds employees receive comprehensive training about safety and sanitation, with ongoing training each week.
  • Employees who interact with guests - such as food & beverage staff, bell staff, guest room attendants and activities staff - will be required to wear masks.
  • No housekeeping services will be offered for stays of three nights or less, though guests can request extra towels or new linens.
  • Both hotels have a cleaning regiment using CDC-recommended disinfectant products, with public spaces and high-touch areas sanitized frequently.
  • They’ve invested in electrostatic spraying technology which can sanitize large areas, such as rooms, fitness centers and lobbies.
  • TradeWinds has implemented “no-contact” check-in with no hand-to-hand exchanges. Guest keys are new each time, and plexi-shields separate guests from employees.
  • All linens and towels are washed at high temperatures.
  • Elevators are limited to four guests at a time.
  • Pool seating will spaced out, as will cabana seating at the beach.
  • The High Tide Slide will operate without recycled water.
  • Fitness centers will be sanitized at least three times a day, and will operate with capacity limits.
Tradewinds Is Tops

Innisbrook Resort

The Innisbrook Resort is taking extra precautions to keep you safe, including special training.  Find out more below.

 

  • All service professionals have received training on COVID-19 safety and sanitation protocols
  • Team members with frequent guest contact -- including housekeeping, food and beverage, public area departments, hotel operations and security -- have received more comprehensive training as well.
  • All guests entering a Salamander hotel or resort will be offered a mask to wear.
  • Appropriate signage is also prominently displayed, which outlines proper mask usage, request to use hand sanitizer and current physical distancing practices in use throughout the property.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at each time clock location and service professionals are required to sanitize their hands after clocking in.
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Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach is your residential-like escape just steps away from award-winning Clearwater Beach and the famous Pier 60. This property is taking measures to keep the safety and wellbeing of its guests a top priority.

 

  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces and areas like lobbies, guestrooms, restaurants, meeting and event spaces, recreational areas, public restrooms, fitness centers, elevator buttons, all employee areas, and more.
  • Proper hygiene practices for colleagues, including frequent handwashing, use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, reporting any cold- or flu-like symptoms and refraining from coming to work if feeling unwell
  • Prominently placing hand sanitizer stations throughout hotel public areas and entrances
  • Introducing social distancing guidance in public areas across the hotel
  • Assessing new approaches to meetings and events, such as seating configuration, food and beverage serving options, and colleague uniforms
  • Additional precautionary measures based on local situations that could include mandatory temperature and wellbeing checks of all colleagues, wellbeing checks of guests during check-in, guestroom housekeeping preferences, protective masks worn by hotel colleagues, and more.
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room at Hotel Cabana in Clearwater Beach

Hotel Cabana, Clearwater Beach

This retro-fun hotel just across the street from the beach has new safety measures in place to help guests feel safe and comfortable:

 

  • The hotel is using cleaning solutions and practices approved by the EPA and CDC.
  • Hourly sanitizing of common areas and high-touch locations.
  • Touchless hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the property.
  • Linen and towel exchanges are available upon request, but daily housekeeping during your stay is no longer available. After each guest checks out, housekeeping cleans thoroughly and electrostatic sprayers are used to sanitize.
  • Staff has completed extensive training on safety and sanitation.
  • Physical distancing will be adhered to on-property, including pool decks and lounge areas.
  • Check-in and check-out will be contact-less, and keyless entry will be available in all rooms.
  • Because of Florida’s 14-day quarantine on visitors arriving from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Louisiana, the hotel is unable to accept guests from those states. 
BEACH IT

Attractions & Museums Adapt to Keep You Safe

Culture Cravings? Or just looking for some sheer fun? Local attractions and museums have got you covered. 

trainer wears a mask at Clearwater Marine Aquarium while working with dolphin

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Could there be anything more fun than hanging out with sea turtles, otters and sharks at CMA - and did we mention celebrity dolphins Winter and Hope? Here's what you can expect when you visit, along with an unforgettable experience: 

 

  • You'll need advance reservations. Ticketing is now timed-entry to help CMA manage the number of guests.
  • Speaking of numbers - this just might be the best time to visit CMA because they are limiting attendance to 25% of normal capacity.
  • Touchless transactions (virtual high-five, CMA!).
  • Look for signs and floor decals that promote physical distancing of guests.
  • For your safety, all guest-facing staff members will wear masks - and they'll be undergoing daily temperature checks, too. 
  • Psst...this is where you do your part and wear a mask, too!
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Dalí Museum

The Dalí Museum is the surrealistic jewel of St. Pete’s museum scene. They’re taking extra precautions to make sure guests can have a memorable experience while staying safe and healthy. Here are some highlights:

 

  • The museum will operate at a reduced visitor capacity for extra precaution. This will be facilitated by requiring advanced-purchase, timed tickets to enter the galleries.
  • Special hours for seniors will be offered on Wednesday and Thursday 10 – 11 a.m.
  • Temperature checks using a thermal camera will be administered for all staff and visitors; anyone displaying a temperature over 100.4°F will not be permitted entry at that time.
  • Frontline staff and volunteers will wear masks at all times. Visitors and vendors will also be required to wear masks. (Reusable, Dalí-themed masks are available for $8.)
  • From only card transactions to self-guided tours via The Dalí Museum app on your own personal device, The Dali Museum is implementing no-touch and reduced-touch interactions throughout a visit. Visitors are encouraged to download the app prior to their visit, as the museum's regular audio tour equipment is not available at this time (bring a headset or earbuds to use with your phone).
MORE DETAILS
the new St. Pete Pier lit up a night

St. Pete Pier

The wait is over for the new St. Pete Pier District! The sprawling 26-acre waterfront playground features endless fun for the whole family. Visitors can explore vibrant green spaces, dazzling public art installations, a marketplace of local favorites and a whole lot more. Get ready for the exciting St. Pete ExPIERience! Here’s what you can expect for an unforgettable (and safe!) visit:

 

  • While inside any of the Pier structures - such as the Pier head building and the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center - visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering and remain six-feet apart from others. If you'll be dining inside a restaurant, you should wear a mask while waiting for your table or walking through the restaurant (you can remove it when at your table). It's wise to wear a mask while riding Pier shuttles or anytime you're in an area where people are gathering, even if that space is outdoors.
  • Personal hygiene is key - 10 touch-free hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the Pier District.
  • A maximum of 4 people will be allowed at a time in Pier Head elevators.
MORE DETAILS
Great Explorations Children's Museum St. Petersburg

Great Explorations Children's Museum

This favorite little museum for little people is found right on 4th Street North in St. Pete. Pair a visit here with a stroll through the nearby Sunken Gardens for a day full of fun. Here are the steps Great Explorations is taking at the museum in the time of Covid-19:

 

  • Entrance to the museum is now through timed tickets, to manage the number of people in the building at one time; advance purchase is encouraged. No cash payments will be accepted.
  • Staff and adult visitors must wear masks or face coverings while in the museum (parents can decide whether their children wear masks or not; note that it’s not appropriate for children under age 2 to wear masks).
  • Staff and visitors will be asked health questions and have a temperature check before entering the museum.
  • Masks and hand sanitizer will be offered to all guests as they enter the museum - and understanding the high-touch nature of a children’s museum, visitors are asked to use hand sanitizer or wash their hands immediately upon entry and frequently during their visit.
  • Certain exhibits may be modified to reduce contact between guests.
  • Museum staff will clean surfaces and exhibits throughout the day.
  • Industrial foggers will be used to sanitize the museum each evening after closing.
MORE DETAILS
blue glass artwork at the Chihuly Collection in St. Pete

The Morean Arts Center & the Chihuly Collection

The Morean Arts Center facilities (which include the Chihuly Collection, the Morean Glass Studio and Morean Center for Clay) are open again - or, as they say, “our doors are open and smiles contained behind face masks.” Here are the details on how they are operating in the time of Covid-19:

 

  • The facilities follow all CDC and local guidelines such as physical distancing and mask-wearing (if you don’t have a mask when you arrive, they will provide one).
  • Ticket reservations required for the Chihuly Collection - please pre-purchase online or call ahead in order to have a “touchless” experience.
  • Thorough cleaning plus electrostatic fogging to sanitize the facilities.
  • Hand-sanitizing stations are found throughout.
  • Arrows direct visitor traffic through the facilities to accommodate physical distancing.
  • At guest service stations, team members will assist visitors from behind clear barriers.
DETAILS HERE
The exterior of the Imagine Museum in St. Pete

Imagine Museum

 Imagine Museum’s collection showcases the work of renowned international glass artists and also features wonderful changing exhibitions. Here’s what the museum is doing to keep visitors safe:

 

  • Imagine Museum strongly advises purchasing timed tickets ahead so that they can manage the flow of visitors through their galleries. Tickets are easy to purchase online.
  • The museum is allowing no more than 10 people to enter their galleries every 15 minutes.
  • The facility is deep-cleaned and sanitized daily, while high-touch areas are cleaned multiple times throughout the day.
  • Masks are required (masks and gloves are available as you enter). Gloves are required in the gift shop.
  • Tours are available upon request for small groups (10 people or less).
DETAILS HERE
artwork of Native Americans at the James Museum in St. Pete

The James Museum

A relatively recent addition to St. Pete’s bevvy of world-class museums, The James Museum’s expansive collection focuses on western and wildlife art. The museum is open with thoughtful precautions to make your visit safe and enjoyable:

 

  • Masks or face coverings are required, as per county ordinance, for both staff and visitors.
  • Visitor temperatures will be taken with a touch-free device upon entering the museum.
  • Every visitor will be asked to read and agree to the museum’s terms and conditions.
  • Touchless hand sanitizers will be available throughout the facility.
  • You may call the admissions desk during regular hours at 727-892-4200 to get a visitor count before you come to the museum.
  • Groups larger than 10 people are not allowed at this time.
  • Protective shields have been installed at transaction areas such as the museum shop and admissions desk. The museum is not accepting cash payments.
  • Docent-led tours have been suspended, but there’s a new self-guided tour available.
  • Drinking fountains have been disabled. However, complimentary water bottles are available at the admissions desk and the museum shop.
DETAILS HERE

Our Airports Increase Sanitation Measures

From increasing frequency and thoroughness of sanitizing to employing super high-tech measures, both St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International (TPA) are working hard to create a safe environment for travelers.

aerial view of airport

St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport (PIE)

St.  Pete/Clearwater International Airport has expanded its sanitation measures and safety procedures to keep both passengers and staff safe.

  • Please note that while inside the airport or riding airport shuttles, you must wear a mask or face covering.
  • Allegiant Airlines, the main airline servicing PIE, requires that passengers wear a mask or face covering while in flight, too.
  • There are free mask dispensers at all airport entrances.
DETAILS HERE
an airplane near Tampa International Airport

Tampa International Airport (TPA)

Tampa International has a detailed "TPA Ready" plan to keep employees and passengers safe during the pandemic. The plan includes:

  • Social distancing, reduced seating and mask use throughout the airport.
  • High-tech cleaning with the addition of new robot software that ensures the airport's handrails are continuously cleaned.
  • New sanitation-related technology is on its way to TPA, including touchless cleaning of restroom floors and large surfaces, disinfecting misters, electrostatic sprayers to disinfect high-touch places such as elevator buttons, and autonomous "auto scrubbers" that can clean with very little employee interaction.
DETAILS HERE
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