This Monday, June 1st... The Florida Keys will re-open. They have been shut down for more than two months, due to COVID-19.
Monday, June 1 all the roadway checkpoints come down and tourists will once again be able to hit the restaurants, shops and attractions However, The Keys won’t be the same as before the pandemic. There will be some changes. Here's what you need to know.
Monroe County requires masks in public. They should be worn while inside a business, on public transportation and also when around people besides immediate family. They can be taken off while eating in restaurants, in personal vehicles and during distanced outdoor activities.
Those visiting via an Airplane who via through Key West International Airport from highly affected COVID-19 areas will be screened.
In terms of lodging. Florida Keys Hotels and vacation rentals will be able to reopen Monday, June 1, according to Monroe County guidelines for property owners, however, they will be at 50% occupancy . Guests and employees must follow CDC guidelines, and face-to-face interactions such as check-in and check-out will be limited.
Cleaning and housekeeping regulations have changed to increase sanitation and decrease exposure.
Short-term vacation and rental reservations are open to visitors from areas that have COVID-19 case rates less than 700 cases per 100 thousand residents. Visitors from hot spot areas are to be avoided for about a month. International travelers cannot make reservations.
Florida Keys restaurants can operate at 50% capacity indoors. Outdoor capacity will not be limited, but tables must be six feet apart and seat no more than 10 people. Restaurants have been open to locals since May 4th. .
Reminder though... That Bars do remain closed, as per Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order.
Group attractions in the Florida Keys are limited to 10 people and all must follow CDC guidelines.
Seating at pools and beaches must have six feet of separation between groups.
A few attractions that will be open to tourists, starting Monday, June 1st:
Southernmost Point monument, Key West
The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, Key West. Beach, fort and trails are open for day activities. Café is closed, and restaurant availability may be limited.
The Hemingway Home and Museum, Key West. Will open Tuesday.
Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, Marathon
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo
Dolphins Plus, Key Largo
Theater of the Sea, Islamorada
Robbie’s of Islamorada
Dolphin Research Center, Grass Key
Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key. Beach and trails are open for day activities. (Concession is closed, and restaurant availability may be limited).
Some attractions such as ferries and seaplanes to Dry Tortugas National Park remain suspended.