Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Florida Keys to reopen in June

The Florida Keys will start accepting travelers again from June 1.

Hotels will be able to accommodate tourists but may only book out 50% of capacity under social distancing measures imposed by Monroe County officials.

All lodging premises must follow the American Hotel and Lodging Association's Covid-19 cleaning guidelines.

The Keys has been closed off to non-residents since mid-March and has fared quite well compared to other parts of Florida.

It has recorded just three deaths and 100 confirmed cases.

"It's time to start moving forward. The checkpoint has done what it's needed to do," said county spokesperson Kristen Livengood.

"Should the Florida Keys experience an increase in cases and under the advisement of the Florida Department of Health, restrictions may be heightened and amenities may again be closed," Livengood said.

"Airport screenings and bus restrictions will also be lifted on June 1."

Keys residents are urged to keep following social distancing restrictions to help contain the spread of the virus.

Restaurants are also allowed to open at 50% capacity, but bars remain closed.


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