Posted on April 30, 2021
Now that the CDC has issued updated guidelines for wearing masks outdoors and in public spaces, it is time to take a look at the top timeshare destinations that are a bit more relaxed when it comes to mask mandates.
According to an article on AARP.org, about half the states in the U.S. currently require wearing a mask in public, so that leaves the other half of states in some condition of suspended mask status. This could range from a complete lifting of requirements to an indoor-only requirement. So, what’s a timeshare owner to do?
Given that summer is quickly approaching and bookings are off the charts in several destinations, we will check out the states that provide more leeway when it comes to masks and let you, the timeshare owner, decide where you want to travel.
Governor Ron DeSantis has been one of the most lenient governors in the country when it comes to masks and overall COVID-related policies. There is no statewide mask order – primarily leaving it up to the local municipalities to decide their own course of action.
This has created a patchwork of local requirements, with the top timeshare areas such as Orlando, south Florida and the Florida panhandle implementing their own mask requirements. However, keep in mind that local governments are banned from issuing fines or penalties for not wearing masks according to DeSantis’ executive order in September.
How this trickles down to the individual timeshare resort or theme park is really up to the individual business. The vast majority of timeshares, theme parks and associated shopping and dining venues have mask or social distancing measures in place, but Orange County has just announced an easing of its mask policies so good news for Orlando timeshares. Disney has not announced changes to its policies, but given that the CDC still recommends masks in “crowded gatherings”, expect mask wearing to continue for the foreseeable future.
No statewide order is in effect, with mask policies being left up to the local government bodies. State officials continue to recommend wearing masks, and top timeshare destinations such as Myrtle Beach and Charleston have municipal mask policies in place for government buildings. However, Myrtle Beach’s Emergency Order is set to expire on Friday and the city currently gives businesses “the option of requiring masks in indoor public spaces” - having removed the requirement for masks as of April 2.
Basically, it’s up to the individual businesses in Myrtle Beach, including timeshare resorts, as to whether they want to implement a mask requirement. Beaches are open with no restrictions in place but officials encourage social distancing. For North Myrtle Beach, they no longer have a mask mandate in place and neither does Horry County. Best for Myrtle Beach timeshare owners to check with your individual resort as to its latest policy.
For Las Vegas timeshare fans, good news as capacities continue to be lifted for bars, restaurants, casinos and entertainment venues. Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced that facilities and businesses will be allowed to operate at 100 percent capacity beginning June 1, with Clark County to operate at 80 percent starting Saturday.
Even as the state reopens and social distancing is reduced, the Nevada mask mandate is still in effect at least through the end of May – requiring people to wear a mask in public spaces. The local media have called out against masks, with some citing a Stanford University researcher advocating against masks.
For the time being, timeshare visitors to Las Vegas, Reno and the rest of the state will need to pack a mask and wear it when out and about at least until June.