Lee County reviewing schools’ COVID-19 protocols

Lee County schools are tackling two issues: preparing for your children heading back to class (all new teachers met for the first time this morning) and keeping them safe as the delta variant of COVID-19 surges, especially among the unvaccinated. The Lee County School Board will discuss safety protocols Monday. With the spread of the […]

Researchers say narrowing social-distancing gap in schools is possible

A change in pandemic rules is getting our teachers and students one step closer to normal. Researchers say a safe “social distance” in schools is now just 3-feet apart, a smooth sign on the road to reopening. A spokesperson with the School District of Lee County said Monday the district needs guidance from the Centers […]

Hundreds arrested in Miami Beach as spring breakers ignore COVID-19 protocols, mayor says

The mayor of Miami Beach said hundreds of people were arrested and at least two police officers were injured this weekend as thousands of spring breakers flocked to the popular South Florida destination — ignoring COVID-19 safety protocols. On Friday, the Miami Beach Police Department tweeted that officers were forced to use pepper balls to […]

SWFL prepares to put on holiday events during pandemic

Despite what has been a rise in coronavirus cases in Florida since October, several events are still planned Southwest Florida for this week. Downtown Fort Myers will put on Art Walk and Music Walk Fort Myers Beach’s boat parade is still a go The Naples Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony is also being held […]

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Rethinking the holidays: Traditions, change are on the table

Nina Bryant will cook a feast for Thanksgiving this year, as always. Bryant works as an executive chef. But in her own family, she’s the one everyone depends on to prepare her grandmother’s recipes, which spark memories at the holidays. So along with a turkey, Bryant will make her grandmother’s sweet potato souffle, and fingerling […]

CDC recommends virtual Thanksgiving to lessen risk of COVID-19 spreading

Thanksgiving is less than two months away and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put out guidance on how to stay safe this holiday during the coronavirus pandemic. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC is recommending families who usually travel to see each other hold virtual Thanksgivings instead. Since travel increases the […]

New study determines whether masks or social distancing is more effective fighting COVID-19

Many businesses have begun suggesting and even requiring that customers and employees wear masks while in their locations. One of those businesses is Jason’s Deli in Cape Coral. General Manager Lindsey Turner says protecting their employees and treating them like family is part of the reason she’s been there for 13 years. “Just the family […]

Collier County teacher worried about proposed school year plan

What might the next school year look like in Collier County? Districts leaders will reveal the plan on Wednesday. Julie Abalos, an eighth grade teacher in Collier County, said they will be required to wear face masks, social distancing will be the norm, and lunch and breakfast for children will happen in their classrooms. While […]

East Coast travelers flock to Fort Myers Beach for holiday weekend

Fort Myers Beach recently enacted a mandate to wear masks in public. But even with that, fears of not social distancing on Fort Myers Beach, especially with the number of people coming down for Fourth of July, has made the mayor and other citizens concerned. “I’m going to stay away on the actual Fourth of […]