The Keys May Be Opening But Not To Visitors

Stay-at-home orders may be loosened soon in Monroe County, however it does not anticipate reopening to visitors.

“Monroe County understands there has been community discussion on opening dates for lodging and attractions, but because of the continued threat of COVID-19 in areas outside of Monroe County, not allowing visitors back to the Florida Keys will still be in place throughout May, and potentially longer given the state of the virus,” county officials said.

The county added that the checkpoint that has been keeping visitors out has been beneficial in keeping the curve flat and Monroe County will continue to work with F-DOT to keep it in place.

Monroe County has reported 76 cases of COVID-19 and three deaths as a result of the virus.

“The last thing we want to do is open up the doors and then have a resurgence,” County Mayor Heather Carruthers said.

The Keys have been discussing relaxing some restrictions for their residents, but they will first review the plans for Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.

“It’s not going to be a snap your fingers and everything is back to normal by any means,” Carruthers said.

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