UPDATED APRIL 3. 2020 7:00 PM: STATEWIDE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER.  STATUS AND UPDATED MEASURES TO ADDRESS CORONAVIRUS.

Summary of Important Actions Addressing Coronavirus
Update April 3, 2020 9:00 PM

CASES IN MONROE COUNTY. Updated 9:00 PM April 3: 

40 positive cases
in Monroe County. The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County is reporting 40 total cases - 35 residents and 5 non-residents. Of the 40 cases, 20 are travel-related, 12 are community aquired and 8 are under investigation
. The first COVID-19 death in Monroe County was reported on April 2, 2020. The patient was a 55-year-old man in Key West.

Key West - 21
Key Largo - 5
Tavernier - 4
Islamorada -1
Summerland Key - 1
Key Colony Beach - 1
Marathon - 1
Non-residents - 5
City not yet identified: 1

Updates are provided at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov and the surveilance dashboard. Testing continues throughout the county at the discretion of a doctor or healthcare professional.

NEW NOTICES:
The Islamorada Administrative Offices are closed through at least April 19.
The closure will be regularly reevaluated. Most services are continuing with employees working remotely from home. Please send an email to the staff member you may need to reach. 

The Founders Park pickleball courts and tennis courts are closed until further notice.
The walking and fitness trails and the fields may be used by individuals and groups under 10 people if they are all members of the same household. Social distancing measures must be observed.

We are all SAFER AT HOME

On April 1, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-91, which places the entire state of Florida under the “Safer at Home” initiative. View or download Executive Order 20-91 and it's attachments.

Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure or liver disease) shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

All persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.

Nothing in this order prohibits people from working from home; indeed, this order encourages individuals to work from home.

All businesses or organizations are encouraged to provide delivery, carry-out or curbside service outside of the business or organization, of orders placed online or via telephone to the greatest extent possible.

Essential activities:

  1. Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship; and
  2. Participation in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running or swimming; and
  3. Taking care of pets; and
  4. Caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or a friend.

A social gathering in a public space is not an essential activity. Local jurisdictions shall ensure that groups of people greater than ten are not permitted to congregate in any public space.

The Order is effective 12:01 a.m. on April 3, 2020 and shall expire on April 30, 2020, unless extended by subsequent order.

Let's all work together to keep the virus from spreading in the Florida Keys. Please go out only for essentials, like food and medicine or to exercise or walk the dog. When you do go out, stay six feet away from other people, wash your hands, use hand sanitizer and wipe surfaces.
 
Please restrict your travel to only that which is necessary. Although you are allowed to travel outside of the Keys, please limit travel to those trips that are absolutely necessary such as medical appointments.
 

ONGOING

The Florida Keys remain closed to tourists and visitors.
Announced Thursday, March 19, Monroe County is closed to all tourists and leisure visitors, lodging establishment are no longer accepting reservations until further notice.  All hotels, vacation rentals, and other transient rentals like marinas, RV parks, and time shares may not rent to tourists. The ban does not include rentals for military, first responders, health care workers, and construction workers actively engaged in projects in Monroe County.

Checkpoints into the Keys. Southbound traffic stops at mile marker 112.5 on US 1 and on Card Sound Road to restrict access to the Florida Keys and to reinforce the island chain’s closure to visitors and non-residents began operations early Friday, March 27. Only residents, property owners, and those actively involved in work in the Florida Keys will be admitted. Fuel tankers, delivery trucks and grocery trucks will be admitted. There may be delays at the checkpoints. Proof of residency can be demonstrated with a resident reentry 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. 

Reporting violations of short-term rentals: To report vacation rentals who have not complied with the emergency directive regarding short term rentals, please call the Tax Collector’s Transient Rental Hotline at 855-422-4540A procedure is in place to address non-compliance of the closure to tourists throughout Monroe County.  
 
ISLAMORADA INFORMATION 
 
Village Offices
Public access to the Administrative Center CLOSED began Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The closure will continue through at least April 19, 2020 and will continue to be reevaluated. The building locked and there is to access to the public. Most Administrative Center employees are working remotely from home. Phone calls, conference calls and email correspondence will be utilized to maintain services.

Village inspectors will not be performing inspections. In an effort to keep construction projects moving forward, inspections can be performed by a licensed professional (engineer, architect or 3rd party provider). Those wishing to have building inspections performed by a licensed professional must follow the guidelines set forth by the Building Official. Read the memo on our website.
 
Customers are strongly encouraged to use the CityView Portal for Building Permits, Planning Applications, Code Compliance, contractor registration and renewal and making payments. NEW BUILDING PERMIT WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED THROUGH CITYVIEW.

Please visit the Village Staff Directory to find the phone number or email you need.

Village Parks and Marina
 
Village Parks are closed to the public with the exception of open spaces at Founders Park. The Founders Park Aquatic Center, tennis courts, pickleball courts and dog park are closed. Founders Park open spaces such as the fields and walking trails and may be used by individuals and small groups of people that live in the same household. People utilizing the open spaces at Founders Park must practice social distancing (remaining at least six feet from other groups and individuals). 

All beaches and other Village parks including Anne's Beach and Library Park Beach are completely closed. All restroom facilities at parks and beaches are closed.

The area known as the Fills from MM 77.5 to 79.8 and the boat ramp at Indian Key Fill are closed.

Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina, boat ramp and fuel docks are closed to all but marina residents. No new vessels will be admitted to the marina.
 
MORE MONROE COUNTY INFORMATION 
County Offices
In an effort to maintain public safety due to the threat of coronavirus, all Monroe County offices will be closed to the public effective at 5 p.m. today. The closures will be in effect until April 6 and will be reviewed continually. All essential services, like solid waste, social services, animal control, and emergency management, will continue to operate. The County is encouraging those in the community who can work from home to do so, especially if they are considered a part of the vulnerable population.

County Library System
The Monroe County Library System branches are closed to in-person visits.Library staff will be available by phone  Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for reference, renewals and assistance with the creation of an E-Library card. For more information, call your local library or visit www.keyslibraries.org.

County Parks
Unless directed by the state or CDC, the County will continue to keep its county-owned parks and beaches open. County officials see it as a space where residents can practice social distancing that is productive for mental and physical health. There were no issues at the parks and beaches reported. Users must follow the directive of the State that says all congregating must be done in small groups of less than 10 people. Law enforcement is doing regular patrolling of all areas. County-owned playgrounds are being sanitized twice daily until further notice.

Fishing Bridges: All Florida Keys Fishing Bridges are closed to fishing. They are still open from running, walking, etc.

Boat Ramps: ALL Monroe County public boat ramps are closed to visitors. Residents may use the ramps. Reminder: the boat ramp at the Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina at Founders park is closed.

Reentry Sticker:  You do not need a reentry sticker at this time. Sheriff’s substations where they can normally be picked up are closed to the public.

Non-Essential Businesses Are Open in Monroe County and Municipalities with the exception of the City of Key West. Non-essential businesses in Key West are ordered closed. Call the City of Key West Hotline for more information: 305-809-1101.

State Parks in the Florida Keys:  All State Parks are closed in the Florida Keys to the public. This includes Bahia Honda State Park, Curry Hammock State Park, Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Long Key State Park.

STATE OF FLORIDA

All of Florida is under a Stay-at-Home Order. Please read the details near the top of this page.

Travelers to isolate for 14 days:
All persons who enter the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), are to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida.


Restaurants closed except for takeout and delivery services. By Executive Order of the State of Florida Governor's Office all Florida restaurants are now allowed to provide takeout and delivery services only. Additionally, the Executive Order requires the closures of gymnasiums and fitness centers within the State of Florida. The directive can be viewed at www.monroecountyem.com/covid-19. 

Bars and nightclubs are closed in accordance the the Governor's Order on March 17 2020.   Gymnasiums and fitness centers are closed in accordance the the Governor's Order on March 17 2020.

No gatherings of 10 or more people.
There should be no social or recreational gatherings of 10 or more people. 

Persons over 65:  All persons over 65 years of age are urged to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Persons with medical conditions: Persons that have a serious underlying medical condition that places them at a high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 including, but not limited to, chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma; serious heart conditions; immunocompromised status, including those in cancer treatment; and severe obesity are urged to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19. 

Working remotely: 
Those who can work remotely are urged to do so.

Recreational Vessels: All recreational boasts must be at least 50 feet apart. Each recreational vessel must not have more than 10 people on board. This was enacted on March 27, 2020


Stay up to date with the actions and recommendations on the following sites:
Monroe County COVID-19 (Coronavirus) page
Florida Department of Health. Email COVID-19@flhealth.gov or call the 24/7 hotline: 866-779-6121
CDC information

 
Islamorda Contact:
Public Information Officer Mary Swaney