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Happy 4th of July! 

Local Status Updates: 

  • The City of Sanibel has issued a proclomation requiring masks in public buildings, including shops, food stores and restaurants before being seated. Masks are NOT required on the beach or at golf courses.
  • The City of Sanibel has closed public beach parking lots for the 4th of July holiday period (7/3-7/6). This does not effect beach use for guests staying on-island who are accessing the beach on foot or by bicycle.
  • Restaurants are open and are operating at 50% capacity. Many restaurants are also offering take-out service.
  • Per Governor DeSantis bars (establishments who derive more than 50% of their revenue from alcohol sales) are closed. 
  • Governor DeSantis ordered "Phase 2" of the reopening Florida process to start on 6/5/20.  

For full details please visit the City of Sanibel website.

State approves Lee County’s second amendment to minimum standards for vacation rentals

Fort Myers, FL, June 1, 2020 – The state today approved a second amended version of Lee County’s minimum standards regarding out-of-state reservations, which is called a Vacation Rental Safety Plan.

Pursuant to Executive Order 20-123 signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on May 15, and effective immediately, the following amended measures are required as minimum standards for vacation rentals throughout Lee County that are accepting reservations and guests for any length of stay:

Reservations will not be permitted nor new guests accepted for check-in from areas identified by Governor DeSantis through Executive Orders as high-risk (currently Connecticut, New Jersey and New York); reservations made prior to an area being designated as high-risk can be honored so long as they self-quarantine for the required period (14 days). Areas may be added or deleted based upon further Executive Orders by the Governor without the need for further amendment of the plan.

Lee County Manager Roger Desjarlais requested the amendment to the previously approved Vacation Rental Safety Plan after county officials received feedback from owners and managers of local properties.

Enforcement and regulation falls under DBPR, which has an Emergency Information Page at

Additionally, the county’s plan includes the following requirements for vacation rentals:
• Shall allow adequate time between the conclusion of a guest stay and the check-in of the next guest stay for appropriate cleaning and sanitation.
• Shall clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces in the property between each guest stay.
• Shall wash all linens, dishware and other service items available for use by guests between each guest rental.
• Shall provide sufficient soap and surface sanitation supplies for guests to use in the vacation rental property during the guest’s rental period.
• Shall ensure adequate safety protocols are in place and publicly displayed in line with Centers for Disease Control guidance regarding shared or multi-residence amenities such as pools, gyms and other communal spaces.
• Shall follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting their facility, per the CDC site
Enforcement and regulation falls under DBPR, which has an Emergency Information Page at
Lee County updates, information and documents can be viewed at


  • If you have an arrival date on or after 05/30/20 please note that our typical cancellation policies are currently still in effect. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to email us at
  • We are actively taking new reservations with arrival dates on or after 05/30/20. Please feel free to call our office or book online.

What is Sanibel Holiday Doing To Prepare For Arrivals?:

Visit our Best Practices page for more details!

Ready For Vacation But Need More Flexibility?:

Visit our Stress Free Cancellation Policy page to see which properties have a flexible cancellation policy!


We will continue to update this page at least once per day. Based on the fluid nature of this unprecedented situation we will actively update our policies as the situation warrants. 

In the meantime, we ask our valued guests to stay home and stay well until this situation is under control. If you need peaceful images of Sanibel please visit our Facebook Page