Monroe County plans to reopen to visitors Monday, June 1 by suspending the checkpoints on U.S. 1 and State Road 905 and allowing lodging establishments to take guests at 50% occupancy, according to a press release issued Sunday, May 17 by county officials.
Monroe County lodging establishments, like hotels, campgrounds, vacation rentals, and other transient-licensed establishments will be required to implement sanitation procedures and follow the American Hotel and Lodging Association COVID-19 guidelines for enhanced cleaning practices (www.ahla.com). The timeline for removing the 50% capacity restriction for lodging will be determined at a later date.
Per Governor Executive Order 20-123, the county administrator will submit a written request and safety plan to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary seeking approval for the operation of vacation rentals.
Airport screenings and bus restrictions will also be lifted on June 1.
This is subject to revision based on data regarding the prevalence of the virus within Monroe County, increased testing and contact tracing protocols, and the efforts in the adjacent counties to continue to control transmission of the virus.
All other requirements are not lifted. Should the Florida Keys experience an increase in cases and under the advisement of the Florida Department of Health, restrictions may be heightened and/or amenities may again be closed.
Monroe County residents are urged to continue to follow directives set by the state, county and municipalities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks in public settings, limiting group sizes to 10 or less, and physically distancing from others by six feet. More information on COVID-19 efforts in Monroe County can be found at www.monroecountyem.com/covid19
Tourism-related information can be found at www.fla-keys.com.
The Florida Keys have been closed to visitors since March 22 to minimize the spread of COVID-19.