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COVID-19 Update

CURRENT STATUS:

EMAIL IS BEST

Due to the number of calls and emails we are receiving, all requests are processed in arrival date order. Please do not call and email. For the fastest response, please email. If you wish to change the dates of your stay or request another option, please email us at info@royalshell.com.

  • Beaches are closed.
  • Restaurants, if open, are take-out only. Some offer delivery.
  • Bars are closed.
  • Royal Shell offices are closed to the public.

GOVERNOR ORDERS ALL IN FLORIDA TO STAY AT HOME FOR 30 DAYS

On April 1, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-91, “Safer at Home,” which states that all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. Essential activities include obtaining: food at grocery stores and at restaurants that provide delivery or take-out service, medicines, veterinary services for pets, gas, and cash. The 30-day order takes effect Friday, April 3, at 12:01 a.m.

SANIBEL TEMPORARILY PROHIBITS ALL ACCOMMODATION RENTALS

On March 27, the City of Sanibel issued Proclamation 20-016, which prohibits all accommodation rentals for the next 28 days, effective at midnight.

FLORIDA SUSPENDS VACATION RENTALS FOR 14 DAYS, AS OF MARCH 27

On March 27, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-87, ordering 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 this order.

The Governor also issued Executive Order 20-86, directing all persons who enter the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, to include the State of Louisiana, inclusive of those entering the State of Florida by roadways, to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter.

FORT MYERS BEACH PROHIBITS RENTALS FOR 90 DAYS

On March 30, the Fort Myers Beach Town Council passed Declaration of Emergency Regulations No. 2, which prohibits all hotel and vacation rentals, including reservations, for 90 days. The declaration also recommends all residents and visitors stay at home unless seeking medical care or for other essential needs, and to practice social distancing when doing so.

A SIXTH CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASE REPORTED ON SANIBEL

On April 8, the Florida Department of Health reported a sixth confirmed case of COVID-19 on Sanibel. The Florida Department of Health does not provide the City any additional information than what appears on these reports such as name, age, gender or address of the persons who tested positive. Check the Florida Department of Health website for more information.

The Florida Department of Health updates its COVID-19 reports to include the number of cases per day by city, in addition to the number of cases per county, and statewide totals. The City of Sanibel home page provides direct access to these daily reports.

For now, home is the best place to be. But if you’re thinking about a future stay, we’ll be happy to help you plan your vacation.

We appreciate your patience while we deal with this pandemic. The safety and well being of our guests, owners, and employees are our priorities.

WHAT IS CLOSED IN LEE COUNTY

CITY OF SANIBEL’S COVID-19 OPERATIONAL ORDERS FOR ALL SANIBEL ACCOMMODATIONS

To stop the spread of COVID-19, the City of Sanibel hereby orders all Sanibel accommodations to immediately take these steps:  

  • Remove from the beach all furniture including beach chairs and lounges.
  • Remove 75% of all pool deck chairs and lounges from pool decks.
  • Strictly adhere to ALL CDC and Florida Department of Health guidance to stop the spread of COVID-19 including but not limited to social distancing.
  • Strictly adhere to ALL components of Governor Executive Order Number 20-71 (Restaurants and Alcohol Sales).
  • Effective March 24, ALL NON-RESIDENT BEACH PARKING on Sanibel is closed.

MORE FROM THE CITY OF SANIBEL:

On March 31, City of Sanibel Proclamation 20-017 extends the State of Local Emergency an additional seven days.

On March 27, City of Sanibel Proclamation 20-016 temporarily closes public parking lots, the Community Park and the playground.

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:

Community Park, 2221 Periwinkle Way
Pond Apple Park Trailhead and Chamber Visitor Center, 1159 Causeway Blvd. 
Recreation Center, 3880 Sanibel Captiva Rd.
Roadside Park, 1380 Periwinkle Way
Community Park Playground, at 2231 Periwinkle Way, was closed on March 26. 

Click to listen to the March 27 Emergency City Council meeting

On March 25, the City of Sanibel issued Proclamation 20-15, which takes the following actions:

PROHIBITION OF ALCOHOL SALES FOR ON-PREMISES CONSUMPTION

Consistent with the Governor’s Executive Order Number 20-71, vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises are prohibited from selling alcoholic beverages by the drink or in sealed containers for consumption on the premises. “Sell” or “selling” for the purposes of this proclamation means provide-irrespective of monetary or other consideration provided or not provided in exchange for the alcoholic beverage. “Premises” for the purpose of this proclamation means not only the actual premises where the point of sale occurred but also any public or common areas within any resort, hotel, motel, or other place of public accommodation operated in common or connection with the actual premises where the point of sale occurred.  

FARMERS MARKET RESTRICTIONS

The Farmer’s Market operated on City property is hereby restricted from selling any non-food items.

RESTRICTION ON ACCOMMODATION RENTALS

Effective immediately, any place of public accommodation for lodging, including any resort housing, inn, hotel, motel, or other establishment which provides lodging to transient guests, or any “unlimited rental” as defined by Sanibel Code Section 126-1075, is prohibited from making or accepting reservations for lodging rentals of less than seven consecutive days during the period of Saturday, March 28, 2020, through Thursday, April 30, 2020, and is further ordered to cancel any reservations during this period of restriction which are for a duration of fewer than seven days. Nothing herein shall act to reduce the minimum duration restrictions of any place of public accommodation for lodging or any “limited rental” as defined by Sanibel Code Section 126-1075.  

Click here to listen to the March 25 Emergency City Council meeting.

On March 24, the City of Sanibel issued Proclamation 20-14, which extends the Local State of Emergency for seven more days.  

FROM LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS:

On March 25, Lee County commissioners issued a stern warning to the public about maintaining social distances to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. If that doesn’t work, commissioners have set a meeting for Monday, March 30, and could impose travel restrictions on the public and order non-essential businesses closed.

FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA:

  • On March 30, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued FWC Executive Order No. 20-09:
    • Recreational vehicle occupancy is limited to no more than 10 persons per vessel
    • Minimum distance of 50 feet must be maintained between recreational vessels and any other vessel
  • On March 27, Governor DeSantis suspended vacation rentals in Florida for the next two weeks. In addition to Governor DeSantis’ previous executive order for travelers coming from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to self-isolate for 14 days, he added to that list all travelers coming from New Orleans. DeSantis also requested that people stop gathering in large groups, even if gatherings are held in private places.
  • On March 24, the Governor directed that all persons who fly to Florida from New York, New Jersey or Connecticut must quarantine themselves for a period of 14 days from the time of arrival into Florida, or for the duration of their stay in Florida, whichever is shorter. This order now includes anyone traveling from the New York area in the last three weeks. All persons quarantined shall be responsible for all costs associated with the quarantine, including transportation, lodging, food, and medical care. The order is enforceable by law enforcement and violations are punishable by fines, imprisonment or both.
  • On March 24, the Governor also issued a health advisory recommending all individuals 65 or older to stay at home for the next 14 days. This advisory also applies to anyone with health conditions such as asthma, lung disease, and severe obesity, regardless of age.

REVISED HOURS for Island Grocery Stores and Pharmacies as of March 24:

  • Bailey’s 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., every day
  • Jerry’s 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., every day
  • Island Pharmacy M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • CVS General 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., every day
  • CVS Pharmacy M-F 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat & Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Tolls/Transportation: In-person toll operation will stop as of March 18. Collections will take place via transponder and toll-by-plate. Effective March 19, LeeWay Service Center is closed to the public. Customer service will be offered through a 24-hour drop box at the LeeWay Service Center, and by mail and fax. Sanibel boat ramp and fishing pier closed as of March 21.
Wedding Ceremonies: Wedding ceremonies have been suspended until further notice.
Lee County School District: Public and charter school closures are extended until April 15.
Public Utilities: The Lee County Utilities lobby, 7391 College Parkway, Fort Myers, is closed as of March 18. Drive-by and drop-off services will be available. Online and phone services will continue to be available.
Parks and Recreation: County-owned beaches, beach accesses, and the Fort Myers Beach pier will close at 6 p.m., March 19.
LeeTran: The beach trolley and tram service will be suspended at 6 p.m., March 19. LeeTran Headquarters is closed until further notice.
Lee County libraries: Closed as of March 18.

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