Coronavirus Information Page

News and Links for information and updates on the Coronavirus

NOTICE: The Town of Fort Myers Beach has declared a state of emergency from 6 P.M. March 19, 2020 until further notice. All beaches and beach accesses in the Town of Fort Myers Beach are closed. No persons or activities are permitted on the beach and within the EC zoning district of the Town (generally seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line). The beach is defined as the area of sand along the Gulf of Mexico that extends landwards from the mean low-water line to the place where there is. a marked change in material or physiographic form or to the line of permanent vegetation within the territorial boundaries of the Town of Fort Myers Beach from Bowditch Point to San Carlos Point. For more information please read the Town declaration and listen to audio of the Town Council meeting held on March 19th.

Town Hall lobby and offices are closed to the public until further notice. Town operations are continuing by phone or email. Call (239) 765-0202 Monday – Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM for assistance. If you have a matter that can only be handled in person, call ahead for concurrence; otherwise you may be turned away. We appreciate your cooperation.

MESSAGE FROM FMB MAYOR ANITA CERECEDA:If you are considering coming to Fort Myers Beach for vacation or recreation, we respectfully ask you to stay home. Normally, we welcome visitors and part-time residents to Fort Myers Beach, but during this COVID-19 pandemic, we have no alternative but to put our residents’ health and safety first. If you are a visitor already here, we urge you to return home as quickly as possible. In the interim, please follow the CDC social distancing guidelines and local regulations on closures, etc. If you are not already here, please stay home to increase the likelihood you don’t catch or spread coronavirus. Many of our short term rental agencies have already acted swiftly to limit visitors to the island. If you are a hotelier or landlord with vacation rental property, though we realize this is entirely your decision, please consider doing the same. Due to local, state and federal restrictions, our bars are closed, dine-in restaurants are closed, the beach is closed and public facilities are severely restricted. To be direct, our resources are limited. We will proudly announce when FMBeach re opens and we will welcome all with open arms. Until then, please help us to triumph over coronavirus as quickly as possible by staying home. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Lee County will also be closing all of its Fort Myers Beach Properties on March 19, 2020 at 6 P.M. These properties are Bowditch Point Park, Crescent Beach Family Park, Fort Myers Beach Pier, Lynn Hall Memorial Beach Park and Matanzas Pass Preserve.

The county is also suspending LeeTran beach trolley and tram service effective 6 p.m. Thursday March 19, 2020.

It is recommended by 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

Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered all restaurants in Florida to eliminate dine-in service, and continue with take-out or delivery only. The order was issued today, March 20, and is effective immediately. Please visit: https://www.flgov.com/2020-executive-orders/

For Information on business and event closures, cancelations or postponements click here.

From The Center For Disease Control

Coronavirus Information from the Center For Disease Control

CDC Best Practices To Avoid The Spread of Germs

Recommendations for canceling or postponing travel.

 

From The Joint Information Center On COVID-19 For The State of Florida

Latest Updated for March 27

 

From the Florida Department of Health

Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard
Information on cases in Florida
Lee County branch announces changes to services starting March 18.

 

From Lee County

Information on Government Services

 

From the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau

See their latest update here.

 

Bridge Loans and Disaster Loans

For information on bridge loans click here.
For information on coronavirus disaster loans click here.

For resources from Lee County click here.

If you need guidance for applying for these loans please reach out to Duane Hoverstein at the Small Business Development Center at FGCU. P. (320) 282-1677, email: [email protected]

From the Fort Myers Chamber

List of Business Resources

https://resource.fortmyers.org/

From the Florida Chamber of Commerce

Coronavirus Resource Page

From the US Chamber of Commerce

Combating the Coronavirus Toolkit For Businesses

Coronavirus Response Toolkit

Guidance For Employers

Guidance For Employees

Resource Hub for Small Businesses

Coronavirus Local/State Policy Tracker

Coronavirus Workplace Flyer.

 

From Visit Florida

Data Dashboard

 

From the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

Resources for internal chamber crisis management and resources to share with your members.

Coronavirus Resource Guide

 

Southwest Florida Emergency Relief Fund

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, in partnership with the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee, has created the SWFL Emergency Relief Fund to receive donations to help meet needs in our community related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This relief fund will provide flexible resources to 501(c)3 organizations in our area working with those who are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here to donate.