Volusia County Beaches Re-Open: What You Need to Know

After over a month of beach closures around the state of Florida, including right here in Volusia County, Governor DeSantis has begun to slowly wind down his Stay at Home order, and has begun reopening parts of the State. 

On Saturday, May 2nd, Volusia County lifted its activity restrictions of essential exercise on Volusia County beaches.

Current Rules for Volusia County Beaches

While the beaches are beginning to reopen, there are still a multitude of rules in place to help keep beachgoers as safe as possible from the possibility of coronavirus contraction.

Activities such as sitting, sunbathing and other activities are now allowed at Volusia County beaches. In an effort to avoid the potential for the spread of the virus, groups on the beach are limited to a maximum of 6 people and groups are required to distance themselves by at least 10 feet from other groups. 

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For anyone looking to go to the beach, it is required to engage in physical activity such as walking or jogging and then leave the beach as soon as you are done.

Current Parking Rules for Volusia County Beaches

In an effort to minimize crowding, other than three beach vehicle ramps for handicapped access, all other beach ramps will continue to stay closed to vehicles. However, parking along county rights-of-way adjacent to the beach are now open.

Also included in the County’s plans are to open a small number of additional off-beach parking as long as conditions on the beach remain favorable for social distancing. The number of available parking spaces will depend on the amount of beachgoers near each parking area. 

Areas include the county’s coastal parks as well as Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park, Wisteria Road parking lot and Dahlia Avenue Park. Parking at these places is limited to help prevent crowding on the beach. Lighthouse Point Park and Smyrna Dunes Park are now also open at partial capacity.

While parts of these locations will reopen, specifc areas are still off limits, including:

  • Restrooms
  • Splash pads
  • Playgrounds
  • Showers

Current Rules for City and County Parks

Updated March 26, 2020

To prevent further spread of COVID-19, the City of DeLand is closing all playgrounds until further notice. 

Updated March 30, 2020

All city parks and park facilities are closed. 

Orange City
Updated May 4, 2020

City of Orange City's parks and skate park are open for the public to use but the playgrounds are closed. 

Ormond Beach
Updated March 31, 2020

The City of Ormond Beach will close all city-owned playgrounds, Nova Recreational Center (all areas), and the fitness equipment at Fortunato Park beginning Tuesday, March 31, 2020 until further notice. 

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Ponce Inlet
Updated May 4, 2020

The following are open with temporary hours from 8am-8pm: all park restrooms (keep water fountains bagged), all pickleball courts, racquetball courts, tennis courts and open space parks. Basketball courts, playgrounds and all programming remain closed.

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Volusia County
Updated April 2, 2020

  • County mainland parks, trails and boat ramps remain open to the public.
  • Volusia County Government playgrounds at all county-operated parks are closed. 
  • All campsites in county-operated parks and preserves are closed.