UPDATE APRIL 17: CHECKPOINTS INTO THE KEYS WILL CONTINUE. DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED FOR ENTRY.

CHECKPOINTS INTO THE FLORIDA KEYS CONTINUE

UPDATE: RESIDENTS NEED TO SHOW DOCUMENTATION 

MONROE COUNTY –Monroe County, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and the municipalities have partnered to continue to operate the 24-hour southbound traffic checkpoints at mile marker 112.5 on the 18-Mile Stretch (U.S. 1), and on Card Sound Road (905) to reinforce Monroe County’s closure to visitors and non-residents. Due to heightened concerns of COVID-19, only residents, property owners, and those actively involved in work in the Florida Keys will be admitted, including fuel tankers, delivery and grocery trucks.

According to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, 788 cars were turned around in the first 48 hours, and an estimated 2,000 people. Before the checkpoint started on Friday morning, the Florida Department of Transportation traffic counters were about 47-49 percent of average traffic flow for this time of year. Since the checkpoint was enacted, the traffic counters are at 23-26 percent of the average traffic flow for this time of year.

Proof of residency can be demonstrated with a resident reentry sticker, or a hard copy of 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 hard copy of 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 physical ID as well.

REENTRY STICKER UPDATE
No new vehicle re-entry stickers will be distributed.
If you already have a sticker, they do not expire. If you do have a sticker, it needs to be affixed to the driver side front windshield. You will need additional proof of residency to enter the Keys.

What’s Needed to Enter the Florida Keys at Checkpoint
Residency in Monroe County can be established by providing at least one of the following at the checkpoint:

  • An original Florida Driver's license or identification card showing the address for a property located in the Florida Keys portion of Monroe County. Note, a photocopy or paper printout denoting an address change will not be sufficient.
  • A hard copy deed, lease, utility bill, tax bill, or vehicle registration for a property located in Monroe County with a government-issued driver's license or identification card with the same name. Documents establishing ownership of a Florida Keys property owned by a limited liability company or other business entity, e.g. a partnership or corporation, is insufficient to establish residency for purposes of this directive.
    • Additional Note: Utility bill is considered a water or electric bill, a cable bill does not count.

 Non-residents can demonstrate that they have legitimate business in the Florida Keys portion of Monroe County by providing at least one of the following at the checkpoint:

  • An employee identification card issued by an employer in the Florida Keys portion of Monroe County;
  • A hardcopy paystub issued within the last month by an employer in the Florida Keys portion of Monroe County;
  • A hardcopy letter from the non-resident's employer on company letterhead attesting that the individual is working in the Florida Keys portion of Monroe County;
  • A contract to perform services with a resident or entity in the Florida Keys portion of Monroe County;
  • Military identification and/or orders detailing that individual to serve in the Florida Keys portion of Monroe County;
  • A vehicle containing items for delivery in the Florida Keys portion of Monroe County, including but not limited to fuel, groceries, paper products, construction materials, and other goods;
  • An "authorized emergency vehicle" as that term is defined in F.S. 316.003 or F.S. 322.01.
  • Any vehicle owned by the State of Florida, the United States, or any local government entity or utility located within Monroe County.
  • Any indicia of eligibility for lawful entry issued by Monroe County Emergency Management and approved for current use.

 Documentation of eligibility for entry has to be an original document or a hardcopy paper photocopy of the original. Digital images and photographs of documentation are NOT sufficient documentation to establish eligibility for entrance.

Remember that delays are possible at checkpoints and officials advise not to call 911 with non-emergency questions about U.S. 1. Go to www.monroecountyem.com/covid-19 for more information about Monroe County’s response to COVID-19. Monroe County Emergency Management information hotline at 800-955-5504 is also operational all week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Checkpoint sign

Checkpoint on US 1

Checkpoint aerial