Shrimp Festival Update on Corona Virus

The 62nd Annual Fort Myers Beach Lion Club Shrimp Festival WILL TAKE NOT PLACE this coming weekend, March 14th & 15th. The Fort Myers Beach Lions did all we could to make the event work by taking all recommended actions to ensure the safety of event attendees but the powers that be decided it was not in the best interest of the public.

What we had done:

  • We had arranged for extra hand washing stations to be placed around the festival grounds inside Lynn Hall Memorial park and along the parade route on Estero Blvd.. These self-contained, portable sinks accommodate high volume usage and will be monitored throughout the weekend to ensure they are fully stocked. With dual faucets and paper towel dispensers, these hand washing stations allow multiple guests to wash their hands simultaneously. They feature hands-free foot operation, to ensure protection from harmful bacteria to keep Shrimp Festival attendees germ-free.
  • We had secured hand sanitizer and protective gloves for use in our booths 
  • We were set up with card readers for payments and would have encouraged the use of contactless payment sources. We would have still been accepting cash payments as an alternative but encouraged the use of the contactless methods for those who were able.

shrimp festival precautions

We asked those who were concerned they were at risk for contracting the Coronavirus, to please take precaution and stay home as to not put others at risk. Read down below for information from the local Visitor & Convention Bureau:

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is currently monitoring COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus Disease 2019. We will continue to monitor updates related to the COVID-19 virus with local, state and federal agencies.

For the most current COVID-19 information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please click here. For the latest on travel alerts and advisories, click here.

Below are recommendations provided by the CDC on everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. 

  • Prevention Tip #1 – Wash your hands
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website 
  • Prevention Tip #2 – Avoid contact
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when your are sick.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Prevention Tip #3 – Cover up your cough
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Prevention Tip #4 – Clean surfaces
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.