22 Jul 2020
As you may have heard recently, some Florida communities have mandated that everyone wear a mask or other face covering. Those that haven’t are still affected as some major franchises (Walmart, CVS, Winn-Dixie, Publix, etc.) are requiring all customers to wear masks inside their stores.
Effective July 3, 2020, for the City of Sanibel
- The Sanibel City Council voted to require that face masks or coverings be worn in all *indoor* public places (stores, restaurants, museums, etc.).
- In the case of restaurants, you will only need to wear one as you are being seated, leaving, or going to the restroom; you would be allowed to unmask at your table.
- Masks are not required outdoors or on the beach, so long as social distancing (six feet apart and gatherings not larger than 10) is respected. Let’s face it; it’s not hard to socially distance when you have 14 miles of beach to work with.
- Violators are subject to fines of $50.00 per incident.
- A large number of businesses (including Sanibel Holiday) have posted this proclamation and have adopted a “no mask, no service” policy. Some stores (notably Bailey’s General Store) practiced this days before the mandate went into effect.
- Among exceptions to this rule are children less than two years old, those who have a medical condition in which a mask may worsen, and those attending places of public worship.
Captiva Island (as part of unincorporated Lee County and not part of the City of Sanibel) currently is not subject to such a mandate, though face coverings are encouraged.
Click here to access a copy of the Proclamation 20-040.
We here at Sanibel Holiday encourage you to do your part to keep SanCap Safe! To learn more about how Sanibel Holiday is keeping our guests safe, visit our page where we discuss a Sanibel Holiday Worry-Free Experience.