Florida's Phase 3 Reopening
Masks and Social Distancing Requirements Continue in Monroe County
On Friday, September 25, the Governor announced he was moving the state into the Phase 3 of reopening, that restaurant capacity limits would be lifted, and that he was suspending the collection of fines for mask violations against individuals.
Monroe County Ordinance 026-2020 requiring facial coverings be worn and social distancing be maintained is still in effect. There will be no citations against individuals, but code compliance can still cite businesses that are not requiring facial coverings inside the business. Islamorada is adhering to Monroe County regulations and guidelines.
Current restrictions on restaurant/bar capacity were imposed by the State, not the County. Businesses may operate at full capacity. Businesses, including restaurants and bars, should continue practicing social distancing for the protection of their customers.
Masks are also required outdoors when social distancing of six feet or more is not possible. “Wearing a mask is still incredibly important,” said Bob Eadie, Monroe County’s Health Officer. “We continue to rely on everyone’s adherence to the simple public health measures we’ve been stressing, especially mask wearing. Take individual precautions, be smart in crowds, wash your hands, and socially distance.”
Islamorada Public Parks, Public Beaches and Public Boat Ramps
Open at 50% Capacity
Islamorada parks, beaches and boat ramps are open. Capacity is limited to 50% to ensure social distancing can be maintained by people visiting the facilities. Everyone over the age of six must have a mask with them at all times and wear the mask whe social distancing is not possible.
Islamorada welcomes everyone to enjoy our parks and beaches and encourages you to remain vigilant with all efforts to keep the community.
Large events in Islamorada suspended through at least April 1, 2021
The Village Council extended the permit suspension for special events in the Village through April 1, 2021 to prevent the potential for “community transmission” that could occur during the large, crowded events. The CDC advises that the more individual interacts with people they do not live with and the closer and longer each interaction is, the higher the risk of getting infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. The CDC advice, guidance from the Florida Health Department’s Bob Eadie and the increase in COVID-19 cases were considered while making the decision.
Village Administrative Offices are Open
Building and Planning Department Service Hours
MONDAY - THURSDAY 9 AM - 3 PM
FRIDAY 9 AM - 12 PM
Hours for all other Departments
MONDAY - FRIDAY
8 AM TO 5 PM
The Islamorada Administrative Center reopened the building to the public on Monday, August 31, 2020. The building is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Departmental hours will be as noted above. Facial coverings are required at all times while in the building.
The drop box and lobby pickup box will no longer be available. Plans and other documents will need to be hand-delivered and picked up on the second floor. The payment box curbside in front of the building will remain in place for checks or payments can be made on the third floor. Please direct questions about the Building and Planning Departments to 305-664-6437.
Virtual/Zoom and conference calls remain the preferred method of handling business. All customers and residents are encouraged to call or email to take care of business instead of visiting Village offices. In-person meetings may be scheduled with the agreement of all parties involved and with advanced approval of the Department Head. Proper surface cleaning and social distancing will be maintained.
No drop-in meetings. Please call in advance to make arrangements.