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KEYS TOURISM ADVISORY March 24, 2020 • 6:55 p.m.
News and information from the Monroe County Tourist Development Council
Officials To Restrict Travel On Overseas Highway
Concerned about limiting further exposure to coronavirus, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating implementation of southbound traffic stops to restrict access to the Florida Keys and to reinforce the island chain’s closure to visitors and non-residents.
The stops are to be located at mile marker 112.5 on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, and on State Road 905 (Card Sound Road). They are to begin operations by no later than early Friday.
Only residents, property owners and those actively involved in work in the Florida Keys will be admitted, including fuel tankers, delivery and grocery trucks.
Proof of residency can be demonstrated with local identification, a resident reentry sticker, utility bill, deed, lease or tax bill. 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 ID.
Long delays are possible at checkpoints. Officials request that people do not call 911 with non-emergency questions.
Go to www.monroecountyem.com/covid-19 for more information about Monroe County’s response to COVID-19, INCLUDING ALL UPDATES REGARDING U.S. 1. Residents can call the Monroe County Emergency Management information hotline at 800-955-5504
CITY OF KEY WEST UPDATE
The City of Key West has issued a directive to close down all non-essential retail and commercial establishments as of 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020. All essential establishments are listed in the attached directive.
The directive also urges employers to utilize all reasonable measures to allow employees to work remotely whenever possible.
The directive does not limit the number of people present at a religious service. But people attending such services are urged to practice social distancing such as keeping six feet between each other and limiting group size to less than ten people.
In the interest of public safety, economic stability and long-term recovery, all individuals should reduce social contact to the greatest degree possible my limiting their travel for essential services.
Please refer any questions regarding the essential businesses to our hotline at 305-809-1101.
The City has established a hotline that is staffed 24/7: 305-809-1101
For up-to-date information on the status of Monroe County and COVID-19, go to www.monroecountyem.com/782/Emergency-Management, www.floridahealth.gov, or www.CDC.gov. In addition, The Florida Department of Health has put up a 24/7 information hotline: 1-866-779-6121.
Key West, the southernmost location in the continental United States, offers a tropical blend of azure waters, exotic foliage, four-star restaurants, and places to stay in Key West to suit all and with a history of some notorious and notable figures.
Visitors are drawn to the southern charm and Caribbean flavor of this laid-back island nation called the Conch Republic.
Since its founding in 1822, Key West became the adopted homes to many from pirates to poets and political pundits. The city carries the creative torch of such former residents as Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams and past presidents. Must stops for tourists include viewing the treasures from shipwrecks, discovering the haunts of their literary heroes, and marveling at the Victorian architecture and lush, colorful gardens where heads of state frequented.
Key West also offers sun-drenched hospitality and entertainment from delicious island cuisine to delightful shopping and spectacular events including nightly sunset celebrations and sea adventures.
You'll discover why President Harry Truman, relaxing in his Winter White House, once wrote: "I've a notion to move the capital to Key West and just stay."
Key West Chamber of Commerce