The public boat ramps are closed to visitors due to the Florida Keys being closed to visitors.
Per FWC: All Florida Keys fishing bridges are closed.
OFFICIALS TO RESTRICT TRAVEL ON FLORIDA KEYS OVERSEAS HIGHWAY (U.S. 1)
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is implementing southbound checkpoints at MM 112.5 on US1, and on Card Sound Road (905), to reinforce Monroe County’s closure to visitors and non-residents 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 a resident re-entry sticker, local identification, 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 IDs.
Long delays are possible at checkpoints and officials say DO NOT call 911 with non-emergency questions about U.S. 1.
Florida Keys Coronavirus Cases
There are two confirmed cases in the Florida Keys.
- Woman, 72, travel-related (United Kingdom), Key Largo.
- Woman, 54, travel-related (France), Key West.
- Woman, 52, not travel-related, Key West.
- Male, 48, travel-related, Key West.
State Dept. of Health Breakdown by County
- Under “Review case, monitoring and PUI information on the latest COVID-19 Daily Report” Click “See the Report.” This report is updated twice per day.
Gov. DeSantis: Travel Restriction
Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-80, directing all persons whose point of departure originates from outside the State of Florida in an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York), and entering the State of Florida through airports to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter.
Lodging Is Closed to Visitors
Monroe County is closed to all tourists and leisure visitors, lodging establishments are no longer accepting reservations until further notice, including extending extensions of current reservations, and all hotels, vacation rentals, and other transient rentals like marinas, RV parks, and timeshares will cease renting to tourists for 14 days. The ban does not include rentals for military, first responders, health care workers, and construction workers actively engaged in projects in Monroe County.
The Emergency Directive 20-02 (Tourist Ban) Enforcement Protocol was collaboratively developed by Monroe County and the five municipalities with input from the Tax Collector, the Sheriff, and the State Attorney. Law enforcement officers are not prevented from taking steps to enforce Emergency Directive 20-02 if, in the officer’s discretion, immediate action is warranted.
- Complaints: call 1-855-422-4540, the Tax Collector’s hotline.
- Tax Collector will reach out to account holders and warn against renting during this State of Emergency and will warn those without accounts of consequences of renting without an account.
- Tax Collector staff will refer complaints, as they come in, to the Code Compliance department within the jurisdiction for the property’s location.
- The local Code Compliance Department will reach out to complainants to investigate. Code will advise owners, managers, and/or renters of the ban and consequences of non-compliance.
- If Code Compliance does not obtain voluntarily compliance, Code will refer case to primary law enforcement agency for their jurisdiction. The State Attorney’s Office investigative division will also help with law enforcement responses.
- Law enforcement will take code’s investigative information and initiate contact with violator(s) (owner, manager, and/or renter). If probable cause to believe there is a violation of Emergency Directive 20-02, law enforcement officer will issue a notice to appear (NTA) for violating an emergency directive issued during a state of emergency in violation of F.S. 252.50, a misdemeanor.
- SAO will prosecute violations in County Court.
To report short term vacation rentals who have not complied with the emergency directive regarding short term rentals, please call the Tax Collector’s Transient Rental Hotline at 855-422-4540. The Tax Collector’s office will be following up with the non-compliance of the directive throughout Monroe County.
Remember, the ban does not include rentals for military, first responders, health care workers, and construction workers actively engaged in projects in Monroe County.
Non-Essential Businesses Being Open
This is Key West only at this point. Please call the City of Key West Hotline: 305-809-1101
The County has confirmed that there are available and open RV parks throughout the State of Florida that are currently accepting reservations. (RVtogo.com is one resource.)
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is the agency charged with licensing and regulating businesses and professionals in the State of Florida, including the State Directive regarding restaurants and bars.
- Link to report non-compliance: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/eo-complaints/
- Florida Department of Health Call Center, 866-779-6121 (24 Hours)
- Florida Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- Monroe County Emergency Management – updated continuously with Monroe County information
- Monroe County renews its State of Local Emergency. The municipalities also renewed theirs.
- There will be no gatherings on County property of 10 or more people and all businesses are encouraged to limit or cancel gatherings of 10 or more people, this includes the County-owned parks and beaches that are open.
THINGS TO KNOW
- Emergency Management continues to monitor the situation in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health and will continue to facilitate conference calls with partner agencies and the municipalities.
- Monroe County Emergency Management activated its EOC to Level 2 Partial Activation and is meeting regularly as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 9 a.m.
- For Monroe County Social Services and congregate food schedule changes, please see www.monroecounty-fl.gov/socialservices.
- The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detention center has virtual visitation options available for inmates: www.keysso.net.