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COVID-19 Update

When the time is right for you, we look forward to welcoming you 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 large groups.

On September 25, 2020, Florida entered Phase 3 of the SAFE. SMART. STEP-BY-STEP Plan to Re-Open Florida. To learn more about Phase 3, please click here. Otherwise review the information provided below. We will continue to monitor updates related to the COVID-19 virus with local, state and federal agencies.

Updated: November 23, 2020

 

Beach Updates

Most public beaches located within Lee County are currently open except the following:

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 here

For more information specific to Lee County, click here

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

Face coverings are generally required for every person over the age of 6 while indoors at public places and while outdoors in public places when proper social distancing is not possible. 

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. 

 

Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) Update

There will be differences in your travel experience at RSW, but these changes were made to help keep you safe and make you feel more comfortable and confident about traveling through this airport. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lee County Port Authority implemented increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in high-traffic, high-touch areas of the terminal and car rental facility including atriums, ticket counters, gate hold areas, bag claim and restrooms. Click here to read more about what RSW is doing to help keep travelers safe. 

 

Restaurants, Bars & Nightclubs

Bars, pubs, and nightclubs may operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols. Businesses should maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation. Menus, if laminated, should be cleaned after each usage. Paper menus should be designed for single use and then disposed of immediately after use.

Restaurants and food service establishments may operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols. Businesses should maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation. Menus, if laminated, should continue to be cleaned after each usage. Paper menus shall be designed for single use and then disposed of immediately after use.

 

Retail, Shops, & Gyms

In-store retail businesses, including gyms and fitness centers, can operate at full capacity but should maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation.

 

Entertainment Businesses

Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, and arcades may re-open fully with limited social distancing protocols and appropriate sanitation.

 

Additional Resources

Florida Department of Health (DOH)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC Domestic Travel FAQs

Travel alerts and advisories

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.