Alys Beach has established a curfew for nonresident minors as part of an effort to address the spread of coronavirus. Other resort communities along Walton County Road 30A also are taking steps to curb the spread of coronavirus.
ALYS BEACH — A popular resort community on Walton County Road 30A has established a 10 p.m. curfew for nonresident minors, joining other communities along the beachside route in addressing the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness associated with the new coronavirus.
Alys Beach instituted the curfew Tuesday “to prevent congregating throughout the property,” according to the community’s website, https://alysbeach.com/. “Social distancing,” or maintaining separation between people, is one of the public health strategies for slowing the spread of COVID-19.
The Alys Beach website also announced Tuesday that a number of businesses in the community are ceasing operations for a minimum of two weeks, although most have indicated that they are closed “until further notice.”
Caliza Restaurant has closed for two weeks, with the caveat that the business “will revisit that as needed.”
Alys Beach’s NEAT Bottle Shop and Tasting Room is closed for “a minimum of 30 days,” according to the community website.
Closed “until further notice” in Alys Beach are the ZUMA Wellness Center, including its basketball and tennis courts; Piper’s Kitchen, Beach Service and Recreation and the Alys Beach Bike Shop.
The popular beachside vacation communities along County Road 30A in Walton County have been taking a variety of actions in recent days to address concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
Thus far, Seaside has taken the most significant steps. The community’s development corporation closed its beach accesses on Monday until April 30. Its commercial district will shut down at noon Saturday, also until April 30. The lone exception to the commercial shutdown is food-service establishments, which can remain open only on a to-go basis.
Immediately west of Seaside on 30A, the WaterColor Community Association has suspended the upcoming Art in the Park, Easter Sunrise Service and Easter Egg Hunt & Toss. The community’s amenities are remaining open, with staff members taking extra steps to clean high-traffic areas. WaterColor is not closing its beaches.
Elsewhere along 30A, the Rosemary Beach Merchants Association has suspended public events through March 31, including the Spring It On Concert Series, Magic in the Air, Kids Theater, Face Painting, Tie Dye, Wacky Hair, Moonlight & Movies and Kids Karaoke, according to a listing being maintained by 30A Escapes, a vacation rental company.
At Watersound Beach, The Hub, an entertainment venue, has suspended its live music events, dance parties and family movie nights through March 31, although its restaurants are remaining open for outside dining by small groups, and for takeout orders.
At Seacrest Beach, the board of directors and homeowners association published a COVID-19 update for the community and the surrounding area on Tuesday, following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ issuance of an executive order limiting groups of people on the beach to 10 individuals, closing bars and nightclubs for 30 days, and establishing limits on restaurant seating.
The Seacrest Beach update, which also came after Monday’s decision by the Walton County Board of County Commissioners to declare a local state of emergency, indicated few changes to life in the community. One exception is that beach set-ups will be spaced six feet apart, in accord with federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
The update also indicated that the community’s beach tram drivers are cleaning vehicle surfaces “as often as possible in between trips to the beach access.”