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Restaurant owners, patrons enjoy loosened coronavirus restrictions

Hundreds came out to Millennial Brewing Company in downtown Fort Myers for their annual Oktoberfest celebration. This comes in the first weekend since Governor Ron DeSantis announced that bars and restaurants can open free of COVID restrictions. This is the first event in Southwest Florida since Phase Three reopening was announced Friday. Everyone, patrons and […]

SWFL businesses eager to fully reopen as Gov. DeSantis paves the way for Phase 3

It’s the news restaurants and bars have been waiting for months to hear. Governor Ron DeSantis cleared the way for them to fully reopen immediately. That includes no fines for not wearing masks. Restaurant owners and managers we spoke with say they’re relieved to, once again, have control over their businesses. They’re ready for some […]

Angela Melvin, founder of Valerie's House, comforts Sidney Emery, 9 years old, who lost her mother at around the same young age as Melvin. (Credit: WINK News)

Valerie’s House reopens to give support amid pandemic

Valerie’s House announced they’re reopening to give people a place to connect and feel comforted. Jason Bishop is excited to see his friends and trek down the halls he once spent so much time. “Joy. I’m going to be exceptionally excited,” said Bishop. He misses being comforted by kids who understand what it is that […]

Teachers are so worried about returning to school that they’re preparing wills

Back-to-school is looking a little different for many teachers nationwide this year, as they grapple with returning to their classrooms amid a pandemic. Added to their list of concerns: Death. “How horrible is it that one of the things on the list to do is to have a plan for students and teachers dying?” Denise […]

Lake Park Diner in Naples donates food to front-line workers

NCH health care workers have been working hard, especially with the recent spike in coronavirus cases. On Sunday, Florida saw a record of 15,000 cases. To help them out, one restaurant in Naples wanted to do their part by providing meals to front-line workers. “They’ve got to deal with so much stress and pain from […]

Only two US states are reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases

Only two US states are reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases compared to last week: Connecticut and Rhode Island. A rise was reported in a staggering 36 states, including Florida, which some experts have cautioned could be the next epicenter for infections. Officials there and across the US are also warning of an increase in cases […]

12 states are pausing reopening over the surge in US coronavirus cases

Washington is the latest state to pause its reopening plans after a spike in the number of new cases of coronavirus across the country. “We all want to get back to doing all the things we love in Washington during the summer, and fully open our economy, but we aren’t there yet,” Gov. Jay Inslee said Saturday. […]

Many say COVID-19 rise is concerning, community leaders push for mask mandate

In downtown Fort Myers as stores and restaurants begin to open up, more people are venturing out either with a mask or without. Mary Garcia and Lisette Lopez say they’re just getting used to eating at restaurants again. “If I sit inside, I have to be at a distance. If it’s crowded inside, I won’t […]

Florida colleges’ plans to reopen campuses approved

Members of Florida’s Board of Governors agreed Tuesday that the state’s 12 public universities could welcome students and faculty back to campus in the fall after college officials outlined measures and restrictions to prevent the further spread of the new coronavirus. For six hours, board members heard presentations by the schools, approving them one by […]

The School District of Lee County. Photo via WINK News.

School District of Lee County appoints reopening task force

The Lee County School District is getting ready for the next school year, appointing a reopening task force to find the safest way to bring students back to class in August. The “Pre-K to 12 Education Pandemic Response Task Force” will meet through the summer. The group’s four big priorities are as follows: Making sure […]