Lee, Charlotte, Collier counties allowed to resume vacation rentals

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Sanibel Island beach front. (Credit: CBS)
Sanibel Island beach front. (Credit: CBS)

The state gave Lee and Charlotte counties the OK on Wednesday to resume vacation rentals.

And the state approved Collier County to resume vacation rentals Thursday.

The executive order signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis set minimum standards for vacation rentals in Lee County. These standards are as follows:

  • Updated May 21: Vacation rentals, reservations, and stays will be allowed from all U.S. states with COVID-19 case rates with less than 700 cases per 100,000 residents. COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population by state can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/index.html then hover your cursor over the vacationer’s state of residence. A box will open with information including cases per 100,000 population.
  • Updated May 21: Shall prohibit rentals to persons traveling internationally.
  • 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 www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html

Lee County commissioners approved the measures at their meeting on Tuesday.

In Charlotte County, the guidelines are as follows:

  • Vacation rentals reservations and stays will be allowed from all U.S. states with COVID-19 case rate less than 700 cases/100,000 residents;
  • Reservations from areas identified by Florida’s governor as COVID-19 hot spots through executive orders are to be avoided for the next 45 days;
  • Reservations from international travelers will not be accepted.

For a complete overview of what Charlotte County’s safety plan to reopen short-term vacation rentals entails, visit https://www.pureflorida.com/industry/covid-19-tourism-small-business-industry-resources/vacation-rentals/.

MORE: List of Florida counties approved to resume vacation rentals

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