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COVID-19 Resources for Recovery
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The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau’s weekly newsletter is your resource for news and best practices to help you navigate COVID-19 in the days and weeks ahead.

Read Executive Order 20-112
Executive Order 20-112 FAQs
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The Lee Board of County Commissioners received an update on federal funding.

What to know about the drive-through testing site
Drive-thru testing sites in Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres
CenturyLink Sports Complex
Fort Myers
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Sunday (gate closes at 3 p.m.)
WHERE: CenturyLink Sports Complex, 14100 Six-Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers 
WHO: Age 18 and older, free testing, regardless of symptoms, no appointment necessary, Lee and Collier county residents, individuals will not be permitted to exit their vehicle and must bring a valid photo ID
Walmart Supercenter
Lehigh Acres
WHEN: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday-Friday
WHERE: Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 2523 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres
WHO: Public, first responders and health care workers must make appointments at, call 1-866-448-7719 with questions, individuals will not be permitted to exit their vehicle

LeeTran resumes transit service at Fort Myers Beach

LeeTran’s Route 400 service to Fort Myers Beach has been restored to seven days a week. The service begins at the Beach Park & Ride, 11101 Summerlin Square Drive, Fort Myers. Trolleys will travel on San Carlos Boulevard, across the Matanzas Pass Bridge then go from Bowditch Point Park to Lovers Key State Park on the island.

Route Information
LeeTran Website

Reopening of barbershops, nail and hair salons

As of May 11, the state issued the following mandatory restrictions for the reopening of barbershops, cosmetology salons and cosmetology specialty salons:

  • All customers will be by appointment only.
  • Allow at least 15 minutes between the conclusion of an appointment and the beginning of the next appointment for proper disinfecting practices.
  • No group appointments are permitted.
  • Masks must be worn by all employees while performing personal services.
More Information
Florida Chamber of Commerce's COVID-19 Resource Center
FSBDC's Disaster Recovery Assistance
Plan for Florida's Recovery "Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step."
VISIT FLORIDA's Small Business Toolkit
Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard
State Park's Phase 1 Reopening
White House's Opening Up America Again
National Restaurant Association's CARES Act Guidance
Small Business Administration Relief Options
U.S. Travel's CARES Act Relief Resources
Community kindness

Drive-thru food drive May 14 at Fort Myers Brewing benefits Community Cooperative and Gulf Coast Humane Society

Fort Myers Brewing Company is challenging the community to fill a box truck Thursday, May 14, by donating shelf-stable food products or money, so that Community Cooperative can buy the food it needs. Gulf Coast Humane Society will join this effort to receive donations of unopened pet food and treats that will be distributed at Community Cooperative food pantries to help people be able to keep their pets safe at home.

The brewery hosted “Gateway CAN do it: Food Drive Rally” April 30 and collected 3,000 lbs. of food and raised more than $1,400 for Community Cooperative. The donations are enough to feed about 525 people for a week.

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Community Cooperative truck at Fort Myers Brewing
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Donations being loaded in Community Cooperative truck at Fort Myers Brewing Co.
Industry Partner Spotlight

How to make Brookies by Norman Love Confections

Norman Love video for Brookie recipe

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week by supporting Lee County Breweries

American Craft Beer Week (May 11-17) is the annual nationwide celebration of small and independent U.S. craft breweries. Join the celebration and support independent brewery businesses by giving the gift of craft beer through delivery of beer, beer-to-go, gift cards or merchandise.

They're Talking About Us
Image of Erica's nephew enjoying a beach day on Fort Myers Beach in February

Longtime destination visitor Erica Baxter sent the VCB a photo of her nephew playing on the beach during their February stay at Beach Club One on Fort Myers Beach.

She writes, "During these difficult times, I want to share with you a picture that may make you smile and any one else it is shared with. In this picture it shows the joy, fun and excitement that FMB brings to my family and I’m sure so many others. ...My family looks forward to our next visit and many more memories in the years to come."

Best practices
Best practices for social distancing at your business
AHLA's Enhanced Industry-Wide Hotel Cleaning Standards
U.S. Travel's "Travel in the New Normal"
CDC's Interim Guidance for Businesses & Employers
FRLA's Critical Guidance Standards for Hospitality Reopening
AHLA's Safe Stay Initiative
9 a.m. Friday, May 15
Join the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) as we share our four-phased recovery strategy, Wait. Ready. Set. Go., that included tactics such as paid search and paid social media, observing certain indicators, like traveler sentiment, website traffic, search volume, STR data and more. Additionally, the VCB partnered with Visit Sarasota to conduct its own traveler sentiment research and will share initial findings on consumer confidence.
Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 14
In this U.S. Travel webinar, Engagious will walk through their latest Back-to-Normal Barometer, a new study listening to the voice of the leisure activity customer. It will focus on the assurances travelers are looking for in order to feel safe traveling again.
Helpful links
  • PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard: Survey dates, May 4-7
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Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau
2201 Second Street, Suite 600, Fort Myers, FL 33901, USA
phone: (239) 338-3500 | toll free: (800) 237-6444

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