Monroe County reopened to visitors Monday, June 1 by suspending the checkpoints on U.S. 1 and State Road 905 and allowing lodging establishments to take guests at 50 percent occupancy.
Monroe County lodging establishments, like hotels, campgrounds, vacation rentals, and other transient-licensed establishments will be required to implement sanitation procedures and follow the American Hotel and Lodging Association COVID-19 guidelines for enhanced cleaning practices (www.ahla.com). The timeline for removing the 50 percent capacity restriction for lodging will be determined at a later date.
With a caution to remain diligent regarding social distancing, the City of Key West is reopening more of its public facilities.
Effective immediately, all playgrounds, facility restrooms, splash pads, basketball and tennis courts, and public pools are open.
City officials urge everyone to abide by CDC guidelines for social distancing while enjoying these recreational facilities.
This is subject to revision based on data regarding the prevalence of the virus within Monroe County, increased testing and contact tracing protocols, and the efforts in the adjacent counties to continue to control the transmission of the virus. All other requirements are not lifted. Should the Florida Keys experience an increase in cases and under the advisement of the Florida Department of Health, restrictions may be heightened, and/or amenities may again be closed.
MONROE COUNTY WILL FOLLOW GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER TO MOVE INTO PHASE 2, MASKS STILL HIGHLY RECOMMENDED IN PUBLIC SETTINGS
Monroe County will follow Governor Ron DeSantis’ latest Executive Order 20-139, which moves the State of Florida into Phase 2 of the “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery.”
Phase 2, which started Friday, June 5, allows bars to reopen at 50 percent of their indoor capacity, and bar areas may reopen with seated service. Outdoor seating is allowed with proper social distancing. Employees and customers of businesses in unincorporated Monroe County are highly recommended to continue wearing facial coverings in public settings. The City of Key West and other municipalities may have stricter guidelines.
Entertaining businesses, like movie theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, and arcades, may also operate at 50 percent capacity with appropriate social distancing and sanitation. Tattooing, body piercing, tanning, and massage establishments are also allowed to reopen with appropriate safety guidelines outlined by the Department of Health.
Violation of these orders are punishable with jail time or fines. Code enforcement will continue to educate businesses in violation before reporting to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
All persons in Florida are still encouraged to follow appropriate social distancing and safety protocols issued by the CDC and OSHA. The order also continues to say that senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions avoid crowds and that congregating in groups of more than 50 is discouraged. The State of Florida’s Executive orders can be found at www.flgov.com as well as on Monroe County’s COVID-19 response page at www.monroecountyem.com/covid19.
For the latest coronavirus case updates, please see floridahealthcovid19.gov. The Florida Department of Health updates the list twice daily. (1) “See the Report” for detailed information by county, including testing numbers and geographic locations and (2) “See dashboard” for summaries by county.
Monroe County residents are urged to continue to follow directives set by the State, County, and municipalities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks in public settings, limiting group sizes to 10 or less, and physically distancing from others by six feet. More information on COVID-19 efforts in Monroe County can be found at www.monroecountyem.com/covid19. Tourism-related information can be found at www.fla-keys.com.
CDC COVID-19 Guidance
- Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation
- Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
- Cloth Face Coverings: Questions and Answers
- COVIDView: A Weekly Surveillance Summary of U.S. COVID-19 Activity
- How to Prepare
- CDC’s role in helping cruise ship travelers during the COVID-19 pandemic