Coronavirus - COVID-19 - What You Should Know in 2020
Posted on: 03/12/2020
Like so many of you, we have spent the last several weeks learning about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), how it spreads, the symptoms to look out for and the safety measures recommended by the CDC.
Unfortunately, the Hospitality Industry is being hit the hardest as travelers are encouraged to stay home. Guests who were scheduled to come in for vacation, maritime crew as well as corporate travelers are either not traveling to Fort Lauderdale or postponing their visit until there is more certainty around the virus.
The West Palm Beach Boat Show has been canceled as well as other large events in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas that typically bring guests to stay with us. Major festivals and concerts have also been postponed until further notice and several colleges have moved to online classes to help stop the spread of this virus.
At Smart Move Accommodations, take great pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene at all our rental properties and we know this is more important than ever right now. In response to the Coronavirus, we have taken additional measures developed in consultation with global and local public health authorities to make our cleaning and hygiene protocols even more rigorous.
We are doing our best to be proactive and since most stores are already experiencing shortages on many of the soft goods we supply, we are reaching out to our suppliers and buying as much as we are allowed due to the uncertainty of the situation.
We are encouraging all guests whether in crew houses or private apartments/houses to closely follow the CDC guidelines and recommendations on the steps to prevent the spread of this virus. We are also providing the most up to date resources so they can stay abreast on the measures taken in Fort Lauderdale and the rest of the world.
We will continue to monitor the situation daily and make any necessary adjustments recommended by our local health department. Our aim is to advise our guests of their personal responsibility in taking the necessary steps to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus and to encourage an atmosphere of calmness and logic avoiding panic and fear.
How Does Coronavirus Spread?
Coronavirus can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract Coronavirus by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
Symptoms of Coronavirus:
Symptoms of Coronavirus may appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
The CDC recommends taking everyday preventive actions, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then throw the tissue in the trash immediately.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, please seek medical attention.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
Should I be tested for Coronavirus?
If you are concerned that you have been exposed to Coronavirus, please call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 and your healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.
For More Information
The Florida Department of Health has established a dedicated Coronavirus Call Center at
1-866-779-6121 that is available 24 hours a day seven days a week, as well as a dedicated email address at COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org which the public can use for questions or clarifications on issues related to the Coronavirus.
This email is intended to keep you up to date on Smart Move policies as well resources available to ensure everyone is informed.