Follow Our Latest Updates on Key West Regarding COVID-19

You are here

28 Sep 2020
Related Items: 
Things to do in Key West
Follow updates on Key West closures, cancellations, and more related to the COVID-19 virus. 
when should you wear a mask infographic

Sept 28 update from County:

The Governor held a press conference on Friday, Sept. 25, where he announced he was moving the state into the Phase 3 of the reopening, that restaurant capacity limits would be lifted, and that he was suspending the collection of fines for mask violations against individuals.
Monroe County's facial covering ordinance is still in effect and can be enforced against businesses that do not follow Monroe County Ordinance 026-2020. There will be no citations against individuals, but code compliance can still cite businesses that are not requiring facial coverings inside the business.
Current restrictions on restaurant/bar capacity were imposed by the State, not the County. Businesses may operate at full capacity. Businesses, including restaurants and bars, should continue practicing social distancing for the protection of their customers.
“Wearing a mask is still incredibly important,” said Bob Eadie, Monroe County’s Health Officer. “We continue to rely on everyone’s adherence to the simple public health measures we’ve been stressing, especially mask wearing. Take individual precautions, be smart in crowds, wash your hands, and socially distance.”
To view the Governor’s Executive Order or the Monroe County Ordinance, visit www.monroecountyem.com/covid19.

Sept 25 update from City:

The City of Key West thanks its residents, guests, and businesses for continuing to use face coverings to keep each other safe. While the Governor’s recent order removes the City’s ability to penalize businesses, they still require individuals to mask while entering their premises. The City will continue to respond to businesses that call when individuals refuse to leave after failing to follow the businesses’ reasonable requests. Key West has kept its Covid-19 numbers relatively low because we have worked together to protect our community. We ask that you continue to remain vigilant, mask up, social distance and wash your hands. Building back our economy is essential and we must remain healthy to do so.

Sept 17 update from City:

Masks are no longer required outside AS LONG AS social distancing can be maintained. Masks are still required in crowded, outdoor areas.

City officials also added an amendment that exempts masks during strenuous exercise while socially distanced.

Sept 11 update from County:

Monroe County is following the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s order that allows bars to operate at 50 percent capacity provided there is only seated service and patrons are socially distanced starting on Monday, Sept. 14. There will be no additional protective measures placed on Monroe County bars at this time, but Emergency Management will continue to monitor the situation with Florida Department of Health officials. Monroe County bars still have to follow Monroe County Ordinance 026-2020 that is still in effect regarding the wearing of facial coverings inside businesses. This order can be found at www.monroecountyem.com/COVID19. The municipalities may have additional COVID-19 protective measures in place.

Sept 8 update from County

Monroe County Ordinance 027-2020 limiting alcohol sales from midnight to 7 a.m. and closing restaurants from midnight to 5 a.m. has lapsed. Restaurants may now operate past midnight with proactive COVID-19 protective measures in place, like social distancing and mask-wearing as defined in Monroe County Ordinance 026-2020. Bars are still closed via the State of Florida Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation's amended Emergency Order 2020-09. More information on the ordinances can be found at www.monroecountyem.com/covid19.

August 19 update from County

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners extended the countywide closure of restaurants nightly through Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2020. The closure time of restaurants was moved from 11 p.m. to midnight. Restaurants can reopen at 5 a.m. Alcohol package sales are prohibited from midnight to 7 a.m. (in conjunction with the normal countywide 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. alcohol sale ban). The closure means patrons of restaurants need to be paid and out of the restaurant at or by midnight.

 Bars are still currently closed per the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Emergency Order but are included in the local ordinance should things change at the state level.

 The closures and alcohol sales will be in effect throughout the county and municipalities unless a municipality enacts different rules.

 

July 27 Update From The city of Key West 

CLOSURE OF PUBLIC BOAT RAMPS.

As the number of Covid-19 cases continues to spike, the City of Key West has followed the lead of Monroe County and other Keys municipalities by closing public boat ramps.

Under Emergency Directive 2020-19, effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29th and ending 11:59 p.m. Thursday, July 30th, access to all City of Key West boat ramps shall be restricted as follows:

  • Simonton Street Beach Boat Ramp shall be closed to the public;
  • Garrison Bight City Marina Boat Ramp shall only be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and only to local residents and guests of City of Key West hotels, City of Key West vacation rentals and timeshares; and
  • The City of Key West 11th Street and Riviera Boat Ramp shall only be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and only to local residents.

July 16 Update from Monroe County

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners will implement a countywide closure of restaurants and bars nightly from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. and will prohibit alcohol package sales nightly from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. (in conjunction with the normal 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. alcohol sale ban) starting on Friday, July 24 and extending through Wednesday, August 19. This means restaurants must be closed at 11 p.m. with no patrons left in the business.

The ordinance will be re-discussed at the regularly scheduled board meeting on Wednesday, August 19 where it could potentially be renewed. Bars are still currently closed per the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Emergency Order but are included in the local ordinance should things change at the state level.

This will be in effect throughout the county and municipalities unless a municipality enacts different rules.

Any person found in violation may be punished by up to 60 days in the County jail and/or a fine of up to $500. Violators are also subject to administrative fines of up to $1,000 for a first offense and $5,000 for a repeat offense. Each day a violation of this ordinance occurs is considered a separate offense.

July 14 update from the City: 

In light of the dramatic increase in Covid-19 cases over the past few weeks, the City of Key West has amended its directive pertaining to mask requirements.

  • Effective immediately, every person over the age of six, while physically located in the City of Key West and who is away from their residence, is required to wear a mask, regardless of whether social distancing is maintained.
  • This 3rd Amendment to Emergency Directive 2020-13 also directs operators and employees of business establishments to ensure that every individual in the establishment complies with this directive.
  • It continues to allow restaurant patrons to remove their mask only when seated at a table and eating or drinking.
  • Individuals violating this directive are subject to a second-degree misdemeanor charge, which carries fines up to $500 and potential prison terms of up to 60 days, with higher penalties for repeated offenses.
  • It continues to allow restaurant patrons to remove their mask only when seated at a table and eating or drinking.
  • Individuals violating this directive are subject to a second-degree misdemeanor charge, which carries fines up to $500 and potential prison terms of up to 60 days, with higher penalties for repeated offenses.

July 10 Update from the City

The City of Key West has issued an amendment to Directive 2020-17 addressing food and beverage service. Effective at 4 a.m. Friday, July 10th, all bar service and bar counters must be closed to seating and consumption. Only employees may have access to bar service.

The amendment also brings the City’s social distancing in line with the of the state, spelling out that food and beverages can be served on premises, as long as there is six feet between parties, or a hard-surface partition between parties.

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

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 is 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: 07/13/2020

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.