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Frequently Asked Questions


Is the beach open full-time?

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Yes, our beaches are open! If you're visiting be sure to check out our beach houses that are right on the water. Be sure to take a look at our beach access points and dive map, pet-friendly areas and our popular beach webcams.

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Are restaurants now offering indoor and outdoor dining?

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Yes, restaurants are now permitted to offer outdoor dining with six feet between tables and indoor seating at 50 percent capacity. Additionally, many restaurants continue to offer takeout, curbside pickup and delivery.

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Are the stores at PCB open?


Yes, retail stores are no open and operating at 50% indoor capacity. Customers must maintain social distancing.

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Are masks mandatory?


To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as protect our locals & visitors, individuals over the age of six must wear a mask while inside all indoor businesses, bars, restaurants and retail stores within the city limits of Panama City Beach effective Monday, July 27 at 5pm. Gyms are exempt. 


Are short-term rentals available to rent?


Yes, visitors may now occupy vacation rentals following guidelines set by the bay county safety plan.

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Beaches & Lodging:

  • The health and safety of our Panama City Beach community is our top priority. 
  • Public beaches fully reopened on May 1, lifting all restrictions on beach access and beach commerce. Currently, beachgoers should maintain group size to under 10 individuals and have a six-foot separation between different groups. Social distancing guidelines will be enforced by city and county officials. 
  • Short Term Rentals are now open and are welcoming guest bookings, following the approval of the Bay County safety plan by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations.
    • Vacation rentals reservations and stays will be allowed from all U.S. states with a COVID-19 Case Rate less than:
      • 500 Active cases/100,000 residents, (Source), or

      • 750 Total cases/100,000 residents, (Source)

  • Hotels are now open and welcoming guests. Please refer to individual hotel websites for COVID-19 special practices and updated cleaning protocol. 
  • While it is important for your health physically and mentally to continue physical activity, it is also important to continue to take precautions against COVID-19. 
    • Social distancing protocols will be enforced, including maintaining group size to under 10 and having a six-foot separation between groups and individuals of differing parties.
    • Additional social distance protocols are recommended which include 20 feet of separation between walking and jogging groups.
    • People who are 65 and over or living with underlying health conditions should continue to follow the safer at home public health advisory.
    • Pack hand sanitizer when you go with at least 60% alcohol since you will likely not be close to soap and water. 
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • For more information about protecting yourself and others from COVID-19 while visiting beaches, visit here.
  • Visit Panama City Beach is working to deliver the sights and sounds of our white-sand beaches and emerald-green waves to you from the comfort and safety of your homes via webcams and daily videos posted to our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to follow along for daily inspiration during this difficult time. 


Restaurants, Bars & Retail Stores:

  • Some businesses are requiring that you wear a mask while inside indoor businesses.  Exemptions include:
    • Children under the age of 6
    • Individuals with a disability described under ADA
    • Inside a gym while social distancing
    • Inside a restaurant while eating
  • Restaurants are now permitted to offer outdoor dining with six feet between tables and indoor seating at 50 percent capacity. Additionally, many restaurants continue to offer takeout, curbside pickup and delivery.
  • Bars and Clubs statewide are suspended from serving alcohol effective immediately. 
  • Retail stores now operating at 50 percent of indoor capacity. Customers must maintain social distancing.
  • Movie theaters and bowling alleys will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity on June 5th
  • Museums and Libraries are now open at 50 percent capacity.
  • The CDC is recommending no gathering larger than 10 people.


Events & Public Spaces:

  • Amusement parks and attractions have also reopened after submitting individual safety plans and receiving endorsement from local officials.  
  • Sports teams can practice and train at facilities. 
  • Gyms and personal services such as hair and nail salons are now open. 
  • Movie theaters and bowling alleys will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity.



Bring the Beach To You. 

If you start to miss our turquoise waters and the sound of waves coming in, click below to feel like you're with us now, relaxing in the sunshine with family and friends. 

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Sounds of the Gulf

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Live Beach Views

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PCB Pandora Station

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