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DeSantis adds Louisiana to visitors quarantine; suspends vacation rental operations

By Staff | Mar 27, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis added travelers from the state of Louisiana to his must-quarantine list and also issued an order that suspends new vacation rentals statewide.

DeSantis on Friday issued Executive Order 20-86, that adds Louisiana as “an area with substantial community spread” and directs all visitors arriving by vehicle or plane “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.”

He previously put a similar order in place for visitors from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

DeSantis also 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 order states.

Sanibel city government took immediate action

One Friday city council issued an emergency proclamation in connection with the local state of emergency related to the coronavirus COVID-19 that temporarily prohibits the rental of any “unlimited rental” or other place of public accommodation for lodging for the next 28 days.

The council also temporarily closed the Sanibel Community Park playground and certain public parking.

According to the language:

– All “unlimited rentals” as defined by the Sanibel Code (whether a single-family home, condominium, timeshare or otherwise) and any other place of public accommodation for lodging, including any resort housing, inn, hotel, motel or other establishment which provides lodging to transient guests, are ordered to cancel all existing reservations and refrain from accepting new guests or making new reservations for stays for the booking period commencing at 12:01 a.m. March 28 through 11:59 p.m. April 24. Any guests of such accommodations who are checked in as of today, March 27, are permitted to remain for the duration of their stay. The prohibition does not affect the ability of an owner of a condominium, timeshare or any other property which is periodically rented to third parties from staying in his or her own property for some or all of the restricted period.

– Effective immediately, the playground at the Sanibel Community Park, at 2221 Periwinkle Way, is temporarily closed until further notice. The remainder of the park remains open.

– Effective March 28, the following public parking lots are temporarily closed until further notice: Community Park parking lot, Pond Apple Park Trailhead, chamber Visitor Center parking lot, Sanibel Recreation Center parking lot and roadside parking lot.