Attractions and activities supporting gatherings of 10 or more people are being ordered to cease operations by 12 a.m. on Friday, March 20, in the city of Key West. 

That includes gymnasiums, fitness studios, movie theaters, museums and sightseeing vehicles carrying 10 or more passengers and/or crew. It also includes attraction tour vessels and charter boats carrying 10 or more passengers and/or crew, as well as commercial motor coaches, tour buses and similar vehicles carrying 10 or more passengers and /or crew.

In a statement released by the city, in light of the unprecedented measures taken in the city to ensure public health, the city is strengthening its measure to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the community. 

“We appreciate the businesses that are complying with the directives outlined by the city and the state and federal government. We want to especially recognize the businesses who are voluntarily restricting gatherings of more than 10 people,” the statement reads. 

Other closures announced this week include:

  • All bars and nightclubs
  • On-site dining at all restaurants; limited only to take out and delivery
  • Mallory Square
  • Smathers Beach
  • The Southernmost Point
  • All parks and playgrounds
  • All recreational facility, including the PAL and Douglass gyms
  • Suspended the Duval Loop
  • Limited the Ferry Terminal outbound passengers only

The City has established a hotline that is staffed 24/7: 305-809-1101. As of Thursday, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Monroe County. For up-to-date information on the status of Monroe County and COVID-19, go to,, or In addition, The Florida Department of Health has put up a 24/7 information hotline: 1-866-779-6121.

Key West’s Smathers Beach is closed until further notice. LARRY BLACKBURN /Keys Weekly

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Jim McCarthy believes in community reporting, giving back and life on the water. A workout fanatic, diver and a bogey-golfer, Jim loves chicken wings, Marvel movies and sports.