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COVID-19 Update

We understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time. We encourage everyone to stay at home in order to keep yourself, and others, healthy. Although you can’t visit us currently, we will continue to monitor updates related to the COVID-19 virus with local, state and federal agencies. 

 

Beach Closures

Lee County-owned beaches and the county-owned Fort Myers Beach Pier are closed until further notice. This includes beach parking lots, restrooms and county-owned beach access points.

Within Lee County, some beaches are owned and managed by municipalities and the state. We encourage visitors to visit the following websites:

The Lee County sites that are closed include:

Beach Parks

Beach Accesses

Lee County is also suspending LeeTran beach trolley and tram service effective March 19, 2020.

It is recommended that on all beaches that remain open the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for social distancing be followed; this includes separating by six feet and not gathering in groups over 10. For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

For more information specific to Lee County, visit www.leegov.com/covid-19 or for the locations of county-owned beaches, visit https://www.leegov.com/parks/beaches. 

 

Bars, Nightclubs and Restaurants

At this time all bars and nightclubs are closed in Lee County. In addition, Governor DeSantis ordered all Florida restaurants and dining establishments to immediately suspend on-site consumption of food and alcohol. Restaurants may now only operate kitchens for delivery and take-out services. Please contact specific restaurants for information on modified services provided.

  

Sanibel Island Update

The City of Sanibel issued a proclamation to prohibit all accommodation rentals for 28 days effective midnight, March 27, 2020, through April 24, 2020. For more information please contact the City of Sanibel at 239-472-3700. 

 

Fort Myers Beach Update

The Fort Myers Beach Town Council passed an emergency order restricting visitation to the Island community. As of March 31, 2020, any type of new lodging and vacation rentals, including reservations, are prohibited though June 28, 2020. For more information please contact the Town of Fort Myers Beach at 239-765-0202. 

 

Consumer Complaints

Executive Order 20-87 orders all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties to suspend vacation rental operations. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the duration of the order.

Executive Order 20-71 suspends the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink or in sealed containers for consumption on the premises at all licensed alcoholic beverage vendor premises.

If you believe any licensee is operating contrary to Executive Order 20-71 or Executive Order 20-87, please click here.

 

Additional Resources

Florida Department of Health (DOH): http://www.floridahealth.gov/ 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Travel alerts and advisories: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers

Below are recommendations provided by the CDC on everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. 

Prevention Tip #1 - Wash your hands

Wash your hands often with soap and 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.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

Prevention Tip #2 - Avoid contact

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Stay home when your are sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

Prevention Tip #3 - Cover up your cough

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Prevention Tip #4 - Clean surfaces

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Updated: April 8, 2020. 

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