Click the link provided for Free COVID Rapid Testing for Key West Citizens and workers in the community.
Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccination Events in Monroe County
The State of Florida and multiple organizations in Monroe County are hosting community COVID-19 vaccination events. Events are open to the public. No appointments, walk-up only. Those aged 12-17 for the Pfizer vaccine must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Event details, including the type of vaccine, were offered to follow. Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J will now be provided at ALL vaccination events for the remainder of October.
For more information, visit Monroe County Health Department.
Amending Uncodified Ordinance 21-01, to modify the effective date and the sunset date.
Amending Uncodified Ordinance 20-18, to modify the effective date and the sunset date.
Amending Uncodified Ordinance 20-14, removing certain exceptions. All persons over the age of six (6), while physically located within the City of Key West, and who are away from their residence, shall wear a mask and/or facial covering at all times, regardless of whether social distancing is also maintained.
Amending Uncodified Ordinance 20-14, removing certain penalties for businesses.
Amending Uncodified Ordinance 20-08, to allow for additional exceptions of facial coverings.
Allowing of consumption of food at bar counters, with a maximum of six (6) individuals per party.
All persons over the age of six (6), while physically located within the City of Key West, and who are away from their residence, shall wear a face covering at all times, regardless of whether social distancing is also maintained.
All persons over the age of six (6), while physically located within the City of Key West, and who are away from their residence, shall wear a face covering when not maintaining social distancing from other person(s).
Imposing a curfew on all citizens and visitors during the New Years Eve Holiday.
Temporary closures of boat ramps from July 29, 2020 at 12:01 am to July 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
Temporary closure of Public Beaches & Parks from July 2, 2020 - July 7, 2020
Additional businesses reopening
Re-opening of Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square
Supersedes Emergency Directive 2020-06, full reopening of public recreational facilities, beaches and parks.
Re-opening of sightseeing vehicles
Re-opening of fitness centers and gyms
Re-opening of commercial, recreational, and rental vessels
Re-opening of public transit
Re-opening of cosmetology salons
Re-opening of Key West Golf Course, and Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
Partial re-opening of businesses
Partial re-opening of public facilities
Protective measures for essential businesses
Allowing official meetings to be conducted virtually
Closure of non-essential businesses
Limiting attractions and activities which support social gatherings of 10 or more people.
Temporary closures of City Landmarks, Beaches, Ferry Terminal, and take-out and delivery only for restaurants with no on-site dining. Also, closure of all bars and nightclubs.
UWCK is excited to announce KeysHelp.org, an innovative way to assist neighbors in need…
Through KeysHelp.org, it enables residents to apply for assistance from the safety of their homes, using mobile phones, tablets, or computers, and allows case managers to help them while working remotely and safely. More community resources and information are also available through this link.
Currently, the remote platform enables Keys families and individuals affected by COVID-19 to apply in English, Spanish, and Creole for assistance with food, medical bills, childcare, prescription, communication and transportation needs (up to $250 per household per month) by connecting with case managers at The Florida Keys Outreach Coalition. In addition to UWCK's KeysHelp.org webpage having the application for Emergency Financial Assistance in partnership with the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, it has the most comprehensive Community Resource Guide in Monroe County, updated daily with local, state, and federal programs, information, and resources.
Visit KeysHelp.Org for information and links to assistance for all community members in need.
Guidance Care Center (GCC)
GCC has 24 hour, local hotline for any resident having a mental health crisis 305-434-7660 option #8
• GCC will provide mental health and/or substance abuse help regardless of ability to pay
• Federal grant received to provide free psychiatric, medications and/or individual therapy for adults over 25 years old.
• Services for youth and teens – if they see the psychiatrist it is billed to their insurance and some may have a co-pay (Medicaid, Healthy Kids) All counseling, therapy and case management services for youth are FREE.
• Suicide is preventable if we can connect ourselves and others to professional help – losing one more life is too many
• GCC provides assessment, psychiatric and outpatient therapy to adults over 25. This includes free psychiatric, medications and/or individual therapy. Assistance in relocation for Domestic Violence Survivors
• GCC provides help with substance abuse, mental health, crisis and suicide prevention services to all persons referred by the police departments, emergency rooms, service providers and self-referrals. The full continuum of care is available county-wide at 3 locations-Key Largo, Marathon, and Key West, as well virtually via Telehealth. Services are provided on a sliding scale, as low $3.00 No one is turned away for inability to pay.
WALK IN FOR HELP
Key West has open access Monday- Thursday 8 am to 11:00 a.m. for a 2 hour intake process and open for crisis support daily 8 am to 5 pm. People are seen first come first service. After that, they will match you with a service provider. Psychiatrists and Case Managers speak English and Spanish. Translation can be arranged for other languages (Creole, Russian, Czech, Polish, etc.) using a phone interpreter.
The City of Key West recommends everyone continue taking precautions to protect themselves and others from the spread of respiratory illnesses, which includes COVID-19.
Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Limiting the exposure of your nose, mouth and eyes to unwashed hands can help to protect from the spread of all germs and illnesses.
Avoid close contact with people who are ill and stay home if you are ill.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
All residents can better prepare for COVID-19 by getting up-to-date information directly from reliable sources like Florida Department of Health, Monroe County, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Be thoughtful about what you read or hear about the virus and make sure you are separating rumor from fact before you act. For more information, please explore the resources on this page.