Information About Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Monroe County/Florida Keys

Florida Keys Media will do our best to provide you with the latest information regarding COVID-19 closures & cancellations. Please confirm all information posted here & use the websites provided as additional resources to stay informed.

IMPORTANT WEBSITES
https://monroecountyem.com
https://floridahealth.gov
https://cityofkeywest-fl.gov
https://keysschools.com
https://fkcc.edu
https://keysenegy.com
https://fkaa.com
https://ci.marathon.fl.us
https://islamorada.fl.us
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://fdoh.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/8d0de33f260d444c852a615dc7837c86

Florida Department of Health 24-Hour Dedicated Hotline and Call Center 866-779-6121.

CANCELLATIONS & CLOSURES

 

OFFICIALS TO RESTRICT TRAVEL ON FLORIDA KEYS OVERSEAS HIGHWAY (U.S. 1)

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is implementing southbound checkpoints at MM 112.5 on US1, and on Card Sound Road (905), to reinforce Monroe County’s closure to visitors and non-residents by early Friday at the latest. Residents, property owners, and those actively involved in work in the Florida Keys will be admitted, including fuel tankers, delivery, and grocery trucks.Proof of residency can be demonstrated with a resident re-entry sticker, 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 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 proper IDs. Long delays are possible but officials say DO NOT call 911 with non-emergency questions about U.S. 1.

Floridians can now text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211 to find the closest participating location providing free meals for kids under 18, and call 2-1-1 to speak with a live operator 24 hours a day for additional locations

Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority will be suspending in-person services at its three customer service offices effective Monday, March 23, 2020. The Authority is also suspending in-person services with customers in the field. The drive-through window at our Tavernier Customer Service Office will remain open.

CITY OF KEY WEST GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES:
All bars and nightclubs will cease operation by 5 pm  (3/17). All restaurant facilities are limited to take out and delivery only, beginning 5 pm (3/17). The City declares that attractions and activities which support social gatherings to ten or more people in a limited area and operate within or from the City of Key West shall cease operations by 12 a.m. on Friday, March 20th. These include gymnasiums, fitness studios, movie theaters, museums, sightseeing vehicles carrying ten or more passengers and/or crew, attraction tour vessels and charter boats carrying ten or more passengers and/or crew, commercial motor coaches, tour buses and similar vehicles carrying ten or more passengers and /or crew.

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida announced in a news conference that all bars and nightclubs in the state will be closed for 30 days beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17

City of Key West is closing all City recreational facilities. This includes the Martin Luther King, Jr. Pool, the Douglass Gym, the PAL Gym, all recreational fields and playgrounds.
All closures will be reevaluated on a daily basis.
The City strongly recommends that all facilities that attract gatherings of ten our more people voluntarily consider similar restrictions.
The City is also evaluating procedures to limit the gathering of individuals at tonight’s special City Commission meeting while still allowing public input.

Smathers Beach, The Southernmost Point & Mallory Square Sunset Celebration are all CLOSED

The Key West Botanical Garden Society has cancelled the Speaker Series events for Saturday, March 21st and April 18th.   The speaker series event scheduled for May 16th will be determined later in April. Migration Mania scheduled for Saturday, April 4th has been cancelled. The Garden will remain open daily 10am to 4pm.

The Duval Loop has suspended operations as of 3/17 until further notice

The Key West Theater is POSTPONING all shows through March

Tennessee Williams Theatre has suspended shows through April 6th

Sheriffs Office Events CANCELLED until further notice

Florida Keys Council of the Arts is POSTPONING all scheduled events & board meetings until April 15th

Florida Supreme Court Chief Judge Charles Canady ordered state courts statewide (including Monroe County) to suspend some proceedings through March 27th. “All Grand Jury Proceedings, jury selection proceedings, & criminal & civil jury trials are suspended”

Marathon Community Theater is POSTPONING their current production of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Bocce season at Indigenous Park has been suspended

MONROE COUNTRY SCHOOL DISTRICT CLOSED SCHOOLS UNTIL 4/15
all sporting & extracurricular events cancelled during that time

COLLEGE OF THE FLORIDA KEYS:
classes will move online where possible until April 6th
students & faculty are discouraged from coming to campus
Lagoon landing remains open
Library is limited to student use only until April 6th. Student ID required to enter
Student events CANCELLED until April 6th
Employee travel CANCELLED until April 30th
Pool will remain open

MARCH
-Upper Keys BPW March Luncheon scheduled for 3/18 had been CANCELLED
– Board of County Commissioners Monthly Meeting in Key Largo scheduled for 3/18 had been POSTPONED
-Key West Art & Historical Society – all Museums CLOSED until the end of March (This includes Custom House, Light House & Keepers Quarters, Fort East Martello & Tennessee Williams Museum)
-FKSPCA Spring Social originally scheduled 3/20 is POSTPONED UNTIL NOVEMBER 6
– Islamorada Seafood Festival & Art Show scheduled for 3/22 has been POSTPONED
– Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm open house 3/22 has been CANCELLED
-Mason Jennings concert @ Fort East Martello 3/27 POSTPONED
– FL Keys Ocean Fest @ Truman Waterfront park scheduled for 3/28 has been POSTPONED
-Island Fest in Islamorada scheduled for 3/28-3/29 has been CANCELLED
-7 Mile Bridge run scheduled for 3/28 has been CANCELLED
– BVMP Birthday Bash at KW Amphitheatre 3/29 is cancelled at the venue but is being done online more info to come check bvmpkw.org & the BVMP facebook page for updates
– Kid’s Bridge Fishing Tournament sponsored by Big Pine & lower Keys Rotary & the Sheriffs office originally scheduled for 3/29 has been cancelled

APRIL
– Law Enforcement Torch Run scheduled for 4/3 has been cancelled. T-shirt sales continue to raise $ for athletes call the Cudjoe Key substation to purchase one for $20 at 305-745-3184
-Papio Kinetic parade in KW originally scheduled for 4/4 has been cancelled or postponed
– ICE Bay Jam in Islamorada scheduled for April 5th had been POSTPONED
– Islamorada Spring Fest & Egg Hunt scheduled originally for 4/11 have been CANCELLED
– Easter on the Farm scheduled for 4/12 at the Sheriffs animal farm has been cancelled
– Conch Republic Independence Celebration originally scheduled for 4/17-26 is cancelled or postponed (unsure at this time)
– Commotion by the Ocean @ PAL gym scheduled for 4/18 originally is cancelled or postponed
-Keys Energy Services Tree Giveaway scheduled for April 18th has been POSTPONED
– Taste of Key West Vintners Dinner originally scheduled for 4/18 had been POSTPONED
– Taste of Key West originally scheduled for 4/20 had been POSTPONED
– Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy scheduled to begin 4/21 has been CANCELLED
– Fishing Tournament if White Street on Ed Knight Memorial Pier originally scheduled for 4/25 had been cancelled or postponed
– Viper Owners Association @ Truman Waterfront East Quay scheduled for 4/30 is cancelled or postponed (unsure at this time)

JUNE
-Stoli Cocktail Classic scheduled 6/1-6/8 has been POSTPONED

 

ONLINE RESOURCES

Sanctuary offers free, online Boater Education Course

Through a free, online course, boaters can learn how to protect themselves, their vessels, and the unique Florida Keys marine environment. Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary created the voluntary course to inform the boating public about the natural and historical resources within the 3,800 square mile protected area, provide strategies for responsible boating and stewardship, and highlight sanctuary rules and regulations. The 30-to-45 minute course is available in English and Spanish at floridakeys.noaa.gov with a completion certificate provided. The course complements existing safe boating courses.

The boater education course is a component of the sanctuary’s current management plan review process. It was developed through a Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Water Quality Protection Program Special Studies grant administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Additional partnership support was provided by the National Parks Conservation Association.

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS WHILE CHILDREN ARE HOME FROM SCHOOL

Floridians can now text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211 to find the closest participating location providing free meals for kids under 18, and call 2-1-1 to speak with a live operator 24 hours a day for additional locations

The SOS Foundation is providing free lunch for children & teens 18 & under from 3/16-3/20 1pm-2:30pm at the Fredrick Douglas gym at 111 Olivia Street in Key West. No income verification or ID necessary. If you are interested in volunteering with SOS contact lisa@sosmission.org.

Boys & Girls Club at Reynolds school in Key West is OPEN M-F 7:30-6pm as of 3/17… breakfast, lunch & snack provided. For more info call Bill Archer at 305-923-5410

Free educational websites for children:
https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours?fbclid=IwAR1wYr9jzjtQ3YFiFmf8Ge7qNIPOep1HNpzvQmaSA2VWBwqHgrZPxYYpOMM – links to museums with free virtual tours
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html – free classroom activities
https://pbskids.org/ – learn with your favorite characters
https://www.storylineonline.net/ – celebrities reading your favorite stories
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/ – learn about geography & animals
https://www.funbrain.com/ – math & reading skill games
https://www.switchzoo.com/ – play games & learn about animals
https://www.starfall.com/h/ – practice phonics skills with read-along stories
https://www.highlightskids.com/ – reading, games & fun science experiments

 

Governor Ron DeSantis Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. The application period opens tomorrow, March 17, 2020 and runs through May 8, 2020.
“As we mitigate against the spread of COVID-19, the health, safety and well-being of Floridians comes first,” said Governor DeSantis. “I understand the harm mitigation strategies will have on small businesses throughout our state. By activating the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan, we are providing the opportunity for Florida’s small businesses to receive cash immediately to ensure they can lessen the impacts felt as a result of COVID-19.”
DEO will administer the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program in partnership with the Florida SBDC Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporation to provide cash flow to businesses economically impacted by COVID-19. The short-term, interest-free loans help bridge the gap between the time the economic impact occurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. Up to $50 million has been allocated for the program.
“Governor DeSantis has been a true leader in the fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and has prioritized the safety of all Floridians,” said Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director, Ken Lawson. “The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan will help Florida’s small businesses get through this unsettling time. We appreciate the Governor’s efforts to keep Florida’s small businesses top of mind and our partners at the Florida SBDC Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporation to help them recover.”
Small business owners with two to 100 employees located in Florida affected by COVID-19 can apply for short-term loans up to $50,000. These loans are interest-free for up to one year and are designed to bridge the gap to either federal SBA loans or commercially available loans. DEO will work with every borrower to ensure that repayment of the loan isn’t an overwhelming burden. To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to March 9, 2020 and demonstrate economic impacts as a result of COVID-19.
“Mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in Florida must be our number one priority,” said Florida SBDC Network CEO, Mike Myhre. “The Florida SBDC Network stands ready to assist Governor DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to help small businesses recover as a result of the impacts of COVID-19.”
“We are ready to assist the Governor and state of Florida to deliver this vital assistance to the small business community we serve, as we have 23 times since 1992,” said Florida First Capital Finance Corporation President and CEO, Todd Kocourek.
DEO is currently surveying businesses throughout the state of Florida who have been impacted by COVID-19. Businesses and non-profits can access the Business Damage Assessment survey at FloridaDisaster.BIZ Select “COVID-19” from the drop-down menu on the survey page. Response to the Business Damage Assessment survey is not an application for assistance. Businesses interested in the bridge loan program must fill out a bridge loan application.
For more information on the program, visit www.floridadisasterloan.org. For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 866-737-7232 or email Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org. The phone line will be answered during regular business hours; all voice mails and emails will be responded to within 24 hours.
About DEO
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state’s economic, workforce and community development efforts, expediting economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities and promote economic resiliency. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit www.floridajobs.org.