Key West Travel Guide
CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION FOR KEY WEST
The Florida Keys and Key West will be re-opening to visitors beginning Monday June 1, 2020. Key West has managed to keep the COVID-19 pandemic from getting out of control on the island by working together as a community and social distancing, wearing masks, cleaning high-touch surfaces, and shutting down tourism. In an effort to keep you safe, and with the fact that Key West has very limited hospital resources, there are important new rules that must be followed:
- UPDATED July 13, 2020: Effective immediately, every person over the age of six, while physically located in the City of Key West and who is away from their residence, is required to wear a mask, regardless of whether social distancing is maintained. If you are anywhere in public, you must wear a mask.
- Masks that cover the mouth and nose MUST be worn while inside any business, on public transportation, and while on-the-job. Anyone who does not wear a mask will not be permitted to enter a business and are subject to fines and penalties. If you cannot abide by this simple precaution, then do NOT visit the Florida Keys and Key West.
- All people arriving by airplane at Key West Airport from any area with substantial community spread (including New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from their time entering the State of Florida.
- Hotels and lodging will be open with under 50% occupancy suggested. However, visitors from “hot spot” areas should not be making reservations until July. International guests are not permitted to make reservations at this time.
- Restaurants are able to re-open but must keep indoor occupancy to no more than 50% and tables must be at least 6-feet apart and limited to no more than 10 people.
- Bars are (once again) CLOSED throughout the State of Florida, including Key West, as of June 26, 2020
- UPDATE July 17, 2020: The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners will implement a countywide closure of restaurants and bars nightly from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. and will prohibit alcohol package sales nightly from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. (in conjunction with the normal 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. alcohol sale ban) starting on Friday, July 24 and extending through Wednesday, August 19. (This means restaurants must be closed at 11 p.m. with no patrons left in the business.)
- The Dry Tortugas seaplane has resumed operations and flights are now available to reserve
- Fantasy Fest 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELLED (You should also expect that all major events will likely be cancelled for the rest of 2020)
Key West, Florida
Laid back, free-spirited, artistic, quirky, and scenic, Key West is one of the most unique places in the United States. Known for its live-and-let-live attitude, tropical climate, and seemingly continuous happy hour, this tiny Florida Keys island has been welcoming visitors seeking a vacation from the normal for two centuries.
Since its earliest days, people have come to the end of the Florida Keys island chain to fish, write, carouse, and rejuvenate. From the famous, including Ernest Hemingway, John J Audubon, and Tennessee Williams – to infamous, Key West has always been a place where you can be yourself, find yourself, or re-invent yourself.
Key West Travel Guide is an extensive, up-to-date guide packed with local information and concierge advice.
Learn from the local experts about restaurants, hotels, nightlife, boat cruises, attractions, and other fun things to do in Key West.
Best Wishes from Key West,
-Gordon & Dave
This Week’s Weather
- Tuesday August 4, 2020 – Partly Cloudy; 20% chance of precipitation; 91° high/83° low; wind West-southwest 6mph; 70% humidity
- Wednesday August 5, 2020 – Isolated Thunderstorms; 30% chance of precipitation; 88° high/83° low; wind Southeast 7mph; 75% humidity
- Thursday August 6, 2020 – Morning Thunderstorms; 50% chance of precipitation; 88° high/83° low; wind Southeast 8mph; 75% humidity
- Friday August 7, 2020 – Mostly Sunny; 20% chance of precipitation; 88° high/83° low; wind East 9mph; 74% humidity
- Saturday August 8, 2020 – Isolated Thunderstorms; 30% chance of precipitation; 87° high/82° low; wind East 12mph; 74% humidity
- Sunday August 9, 2020 – Scattered Thunderstorms; 50% chance of precipitation; 87° high/83° low; wind East 11mph; 74% humidity
- Monday August 10, 2020 – Morning Thunderstorms; 50% chance of precipitation; 87° high/82° low; wind East 11mph; 74% humidity
Quick facts about Key West
- Date first explored: 1521,
Ponce de Leon visits Dry Tortugas
- Date as a U.S. territory: 1822
- Size: 2 x 4 miles
- Population: 24,909
- Average hi/lo temperature, winter (F): 76°/66°
- Average hi/lo temperature, summer (F): 89°/80°
- Sunny or partly-sunny days per year: 259
- Area code: 305
- Zip code: 33040
- Distance from Miami: 160 miles
- Distance from Cuba: 90 miles
- Geographic fact: Southernmost point in the U.S.
- Official motto: “All people are equal members of One Human Family”
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