COVID-19 Update

When the time is right, 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 and practice social distancing. We will continue to monitor updates related to the COVID-19 virus with local, state and federal agencies.


Beach Updates

The Lee County beach sites that are currently open include:

Beach Parks:

​Beach Accesses:

It is recommended that on all beaches that are 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.

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:


Vacation Rentals Update

Vacation rental reservations and stays in Lee County are allowed from all U.S. states with COVID-19 case rates less than 700 cases/100K residents. COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population by state can be found here. Hover your curser over the vacationer’s state of residence. A box will open with information including cases per 100,000 population.


Bars, Nightclubs and Restaurants

Many restaurants and food establishments are allowing onsite dining, so long as they adopt appropriate social distancing measures and limit their indoor occupancy to no more than 50 percent of their building occupancy. In addition, outdoor seating is permissible with appropriate social distancing.

Appropriate social distancing requires maintaining a minimum of 6 feet between parties, only seating parties of 10 or fewer people and keeping bar counters closed to seating. 

Bars, pubs and nightclubs continue to suspend the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption. 

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


Sanibel Island Update

The City of Sanibel issued a proclamation on May 21 which includes:

For more information please contact the City of Sanibel at 239-472-3700 or read the full Proclamation here


Fort Myers Beach Update

Hotels, motels, and timeshares are able to start taking reservations effective Friday, May 15, 2020. 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. 


Consumer Complaints

If you believe any licensee is operating contrary to any of the Executive Orders issued by the State of Florida, or to review the list of Executive Orders, 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: May 26, 2020. 

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