COVID-19 Update

When the time is right for you, we look forward to welcoming you back to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. We encourage our visitors and locals to follow health and safety recommendations, practice social distancing, and avoid congregating in groups larger than 50 persons. We will continue to monitor updates related to the COVID-19 virus with local, state and federal agencies.

Updated: July 6, 2020


Beach Updates

The Lee County owned beach sites that are currently open include:

Beach Parks:

​Beach Accesses:

For the locations of county-owned beaches, visit https://www.leegov.com/parks/beaches.

Please NOTE: While enjoying our beaches, we encourage you to follow appropriate social distancing and safety protocols issued by the CDC and OSHA. For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

For more information specific to Lee County, visit www.leegov.com/covid-19 

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


Sanibel Island Update

The City of Sanibel ordered the closure of City-owned paid beach parking Lots from 12:01 a.m. July 3, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. July 6, 2020. Bowman's Beach, a Lee County managed beach park facility on Sanibel Island will remain open. Sanibel Island is also requiring the use of face coverings, with certain exceptions. Every person over two should wear a mask when closer than six feet away from another person. Individuals of a business (Owner, worker, patron, etc.) are required to wear a face mask while indoors within that business.

For additional Sanibel Island updates click here


Fort Myers Beach Update

Fort Myers Beach requires everyone over the age of 6 to have access to a face covering while they are away from their place of residence and to wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible. Additionally, all business operators, employees and customers must wear a face covering while inside the business.

Hotels, motels, and timeshares are taking reservations. The Town of Fort Myers Beach is operating under Lee County's State Approved Vacation Rental Safety Plan. See Vacation Rentals Update section above for clarification. For more information please contact the Town of Fort Myers Beach at 239-765-0202. 


Vacation Rentals Update

As of June 1, 2020, reservations will not be permitted nor new guests accepted for check-in from areas identified by Governor DeSantis through Executive Orders as high-risk (currently Connecticut, Louisiana, New Jersey and New York); reservations made prior to an area being designated as high-risk can be honored. Areas may be added or deleted based upon further Executive Orders by the Governor without the need for further amendment of the plan. In addition, rentals to persons traveling internationally are prohibited. 


Restaurants, Bars & Nightclubs

Florida DBPR has suspended on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars. A bar is defined as a vendor licensed to sell alcohol that derive more than 50% of gross revenue from such sales of alcoholic beverages. 

Restaurants, bars and other vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, may operate at 50% of their indoor capacity.

Outdoor seating is permissible with appropriate social distancing. This does not apply to night clubs.

We encourage you to contact specific businesses for more information on their operating status.


Retail, Shops, & Gyms

In-store retail businesses, including gyms and fitness centers, can operate at full capacity but should maintain appropriate social distancing and sanitation protocols.


Entertainment Businesses

Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, and arcades may operate at 50% percent of their building capacity, with appropriate social distancing between groups and appropriate sanitation.


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.