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DeSantis issues orders on restaurants, beaches and more

By Staff | Mar 17, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED The city of Sanibel is posting these notices on its beaches.

Today, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order that will reduce density and crowds in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and beaches to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Under the direction of DeSantis, all bars and nightclubs throughout Florida will close for the next 30 days. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation will enforce and provide further guidance.

According to requirements issued by the state, “bars, pubs and nightclubs” consist of any licensee authorized to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises that derives more than 50 percent of its gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages.


Restaurants across the state will now be required to limit customer entry to 50 percent of capacity. Seating must be staggered and limited to ensure seated parties are separated by a distance of at least six feet, in accordance with CDC guidelines. Restaurants are encouraged to remain open and expand take-out and delivery services. Additional information will be provided by the DBPR.


DeSantis is directing parties accessing public beaches in the state to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance by limiting their gatherings to no more than 10 persons.

According to the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, “restaurants” have a license that say they need to sell 51 percent or more of food. A bar-only area in a restaurant and a pool bar at a hotel are considered “bars” and recommended for closure. As long as food is being served, you can stay open (per your license); once service/delivery is stopped, you need to close for the day, the chamber added.

The city of Sanibel reported that notices will be posted on its beaches.


The Center 4 Life/Senior Center operations are closed.

Group fitness classes and personal training at the Sanibel Recreation Center are currently canceled.

The state of Florida has canceled the Coyote Workshop on Sanibel set for April 9.

The upcoming Sanibel Natural Resources programs are canceled:

– March 18: Spring Break Shorebird Education with Sanibel Recreation

– March 24: Volunteer Planting Project

– March 28: Plant Walk

– April 3: Vegetation Competency Class

– April 10: Vegetation Competency Exam


During this time of the National State of Emergency, the city’s Finance Department is temporarily processing payments via credit cards (Mastercard and Visa).

Payments may be made by utilizing the drop box in front of City Hall or by mailing a check to the Finance Department, at 800 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, FL 33957.

Utility payments can be made online by going to www.mysanibel.com and selecting “Sanibel Online Bill Pay” on the blue ribbon.

To make any payment to the city of Sanibel using a credit card, call 239-472-9615.