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KEYS TOURISM ADVISORY April 1, 2020 ● 4 p.m.
News and information from the Monroe County Tourist Development Council
Florida Governor Issues "Stay at Home" Executive Order for State; County Health Department Announces Changes in Services
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Wednesday issued Executive Order 20-91, requiring all persons in Florida to limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. The order is to become effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 3.
NEWS JUST IN FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County is offering the following services by appointment only through the end of April 2020. All locations are otherwise closed to the general public and to those without an appointment.
WIC (a supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children):
Key West: 305-676-3852
Marathon and Tavernier: 305-676-3933
Immunizations offered: Gato Building (1100 Simonton St., Key West) and Roth Building (50 High Point Road, Tavernier): 305-293-7500
Healthy Start: 305-676-3841
Vital Statistics, including birth and death records: Applications accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: 305-676-3840
Environmental Health: Services available include onsite sewage treatment and disposal system programs, water sampling, facilities programs and sanitary nuisance complaints. Call 305-676-3941 or email Ingrid.White@FLHealth.gov
AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP): Clients who currently pick up meds from the health department should have them delivered by appointment instead. Call 305-619-2998 or 305-676-3811, or the State Helpline: 844-381-2327
For other services including epidemiology, STDs, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, family planning and tuberculosis, call the main line: 305-293-7500
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."
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