Florida Keys Opens to Locals

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Restaurants, non-essential businesses opening, but checkpoints remain! Its good to see we are moving in the right direction and want to make sure Key West is safe……later visitors can enjoy!

In Monroe County, some re-opening of restaurants and non-essential businesses are for locals only, and that includes the city of Key West.

Carruthers said: “Perhaps earn a little bit money for their employees and work through protocols that will probably be in place for quite some time after we get back to whatever our new normal is. Things like social distancing and mask wearing; what is that going to look like at a retail shop? In a bait and tackle store? In a restaurant? That is where we are headed right now.”

Monroe County will keep in place its visitor directive that requires vacation rentals and other lodging establishments to remain closed until further notice. Monroe County will continue the directive of using facial coverings in public settings.

“If you open up the Keys, everyone is going to want to come down here. It is just such a beautiful place,” said Zach Cooney of Key Largo who said he agrees with Monroe County’s decision to keep checkpoints in place.

“It is that checkpoint that has allowed us to keep our numbers low,” Carruthers said.

As of April 30, Monroe County had 79 coronavirus cases and 3 deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health.

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