The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in th Continental United States

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COVID-19 Update

Florida Governor Order

  • Non-essential businesses such as recreational spaces, parks, and beaches as well as restaurants will begin on to open on Monday, May 4th in accordance with the Governor's Order Executive Order 20-112.
  • Governor Ron DeSantis issued a safer at home order directing people to be out only for essential services. A frequently asked questions document relating to Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-91 is available.

Local State of Emergency Directives

  • The City of Key West has issued Directive 2020-10, which provides clear guidelines for the resumption of public transportation.
  • The City issued Directive 2020-09 which allows, under strict guidelines, the opening of some personal service providers such as barbers and salons.
  • In addition to the Governor's requirements in Executive Order 20-112, Directive 2020-07 outlines additional requirements for individuals and businesses, effective May 4, 2020.
  • Directive 2020-08 outlines recreational facilities reopening under specified conditions, effective May 4, 2020.
  • Some City recreational spaces, parks, and beaches have been reopened. A new directive that goes into effect May 4, 2020 outlines the parameters.
  • In the interest of public safety, economic stability and long-term recovery, The City of Key West on Sunday issued State of Local Emergency 2020-05, which implements additional protective measures for essential businesses and separation requirements for individuals diagnosed or reasonably believed to be infected with COVID-19. Details of the directive require masks and sanitation in essential businesses.
  • The City of Key West remains under a State of Local Emergency. All previous directives remain in effect.

Reduce Social Contact

In the interest of public safety, economic stability and long-term recovery, all individuals should reduce social contact to the greatest degree possible by limiting their travel for essential services.

Key West Transit

  • The City of Key West has issued Directive 2020-10, which provides clear guidelines for the resumption of public transportation.
  • Buses will begin running on Monday, May 18th with the following measures, which mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19. These measures include close adherence to CDC guidelines by practicing social distancing. That means that all passengers must maintain at least one seat of distance between them. Passengers must be seated, and shall avoid sitting within six feet of the bus driver as delineated by floor markings.
  • Everyone is required to wear facial coverings, which, as in prior directives, can include masks, face shields, gaiters, homemade masks or cloth coverings such as scarves or bandanas.
  • Public health and safety are of utmost concern. City officials ask that citizens limit bus rides to only essential trips, such as medical needs, groceries, meals and work. 
  • Routes may be changed somewhat from what they were before the current state of emergency. Routes will be available on the buses or at www.kwtransit.com

Non-Essential Businesses

  • Some non-essential businesses remain closed such as bars, nightclubs, and gyms. Recreational spaces, parks, and beaches have been reopened. A new directive that goes into effect May 4, 2020 outlines the parameters.
  • Personal Services such as hair/nail salons and barbers have been reopened. Directive 2020-09 outlines the guidelines.

Essential Businesses

Essential businesses continue to operate, including grocery stores and gas stations. Restaurants are required to follow Directive 2020-07

KOTS

KOTS continues 24-hour operations, offering three meals a day on-site

US 1 Checkpoint

A checkpoint at mile marker 112 and on Card Sound road remains in place to limit access to the Keys to residents, workers and deliveries thru May 31, 2020. In order to enter the county, you must have:

  • Proof of residency can be demonstrated with a local identification, utility bill, deed, lease, or tax bill. Re-entry stickers are not required
  • Those actively engaged in work in the Florida Keys, such as construction workers, will need to show a letter from their employer, employee identification, a paystub, or current construction contract in the Keys.
  • First responders, healthcare workers, and military actively engaged in work in the Keys will need proper IDs.

Monroe County COVID-19 Cases

The Florida Health Department Monroe County has confirmed 100 cases of COVID-19 in Monroe County. The Health Department now reports three deaths from COVID-19 in Monroe County.  

Rentals, Marinas and RV Parks

All hotels, short term rentals, vacation rentals and other transient rentals, marinas, RV parks and time shares ceased renting to tourists. 

City Business

  • City Hall – under the guidelines of Governor Ron DeSantis’s order – will open its doors on a limited basis beginning Monday, May 11th.
  • Access will be limited: Anyone wishing to enter the building will be temperature screened and required to wear a face mask. Social distance parameters will be clearly marked, and only five people at a time will be allowed inside the building. Entrance will be limited to the service desk at back side of City Hall, off United Street.

Building Permits

• Contact blg@cityofkeywest-fl.gov
• Find the eTrakit instructions on the City’s website under the building department
• Submit electronically at: http://etrakit.cityofkeywest-fl.gov/etrakit/
• Walk through Wednesdays have been temporarily suspended.

Parking Issues

• Pay tickets online via the City’s website at www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov
• To report a parking violation, call 305-809-1000
• Questions, call 305-809-3855 or the hotline at 305-809-1101

Updated Information and Hotlines

  • Please stay tuned to the City’s live streaming online or on Comcast Channel 77 and AT&T Channel 99
  • The City has established a hotline that is staffed 8:00AM to 8:00PM: 305-809-1101
  • The Florida Department of Health has established a 24/7 information hotline: 1-866-779-6121
  • For up-to-date information on the status of Monroe County and COVID-19:

Unemployment Links

Additional links

Grab and Go Lunches

  • FREE grab and go breakfast and lunch during the school closure.
  • Meal service time is 11 am to noon Monday through Friday.
  • Distribution points in Key West are Gerald Adams Elementary, Horace O’ Bryant School, and Key West High School.
  • Meals are available to all children 18 and younger.