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29 Jun 2020
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June 29 update from City of Key West: The city of Key West announced this morning it will close Key West beaches at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 2 and reopen them on Tuesday, according to city spokeswoman Alyson Crean.

June 29 update from Monroe County:

MONROE COUNTY PARKS AND BEACHES ARE CLOSED FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND - FRIDAY, JULY 3 TO TUESDAY, JULY 7

Monroe County will close all county-owned parks and beaches on Thursday, July 2 at 5 p.m. and will reopen them at normal operating hours on Tuesday, July 7. This is in conjunction with the closures in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Monroe County COVID-19 related information can be found at www.monroecountyem.com/covid19.

June 26 update from Monroe County:

FACIAL COVERINGS MANDATORY OUTSIDE THE HOME WHERE SOCIAL DISTANCING CANNOT BE OBSERVED

To reduce the rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the Florida Keys, Monroe County Emergency Management issued an Emergency Directive today that requires all persons over the age of six years of age to wear a facial covering whenever away from their home and unable to engage in social distancing. The directive requires operators and employees of business establishments to ensure that customers comply within the establishment. The order also requires anyone six years old or older to carry a mask with them whenever they are away from home. “Social distancing” is the practice of keeping a minimum of six feet away from another person.

A face covering must cover the nose and mouth and may include a face mask, homemade mask, or other cloth, silk, or linen covering, such as a scarf, bandana, handkerchief, or other similar cloth covering. Medical and surgical face masks, such as "N95" masks, should be reserved for health care personnel and other first responders with the greatest need for such personal protective equipment.

The County directive still allows for restaurant patrons to remove their masks while seated to eat or drink and allows those working out in gyms to remove their face coverings while actively exercising, provided there is at least six feet of distance from the next closest person. The directive further exempts those receiving treatments at barbershops and beauty salons from wearing a facial covering if the treatment reasonably interferes with that service.

The County directive applies throughout the County and municipalities, but the municipalities may impose additional restrictions. By state law, violations of emergency directives are treated as misdemeanor offenses, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and up to $500 in fines.

Earlier today, the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation issued an emergency declaration prohibiting alcoholic beverage sales for consumption on premises by bars. Bars are considered a business that derives 50 percent or more of its gross revenues from alcoholic beverage sales.

The State’s declaration allows restaurants to continue to operate for on-premises consumption of food and beverages at tables as long as vendors derive 50 percent or less of gross revenues from alcoholic beverages. Seating at a bar in a restaurant can still be utilized as long as social distancing of patrons is observed. Beverages can only be served to seated patrons.

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.

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.

For the latest coronavirus case updates, please see https://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.

Last update: 06/22/2020

Monroe County Emergency Management Website

DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 VIRUS, pools, beaches, popular attractions, restaurants, bars, grocery, and specialty retail may or may not be open during this time. This includes community pools in the Truman Annex, The Colony, Duval Square, Key West Golf Course, La Brisa, 1800 Atlantic, and Winward Park. Additionally, included are Smathers Beach, Higgs Beach, and the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Should such places currently be open in Key West, Florida, please note that they could close at any time without warning. AHKW will not be offering any kind of discounts or refunds should any of these places and attractions close.