Governor’s Executive Orders
Facial Coverings Required in Businesses
Monroe County requires all persons over the age of six to wear a facial covering inside a business in Monroe County.
- Monroe County Ordinance 032-2020 - Facial covering requirements in businesses
The ordinance requires operators and employees of business establishments to ensure customers comply within the establishment. A face covering MUST cover the nose and mouth and may include a face mask, homemade mask, or other cloth, silk, or linen covering, such as a scarf, bandana, handkerchief, or other similar cloth covering.
- Restaurant or bar customers while dining while seated at a table and consuming food and/or beverages.
- A gym patron engaged in a workout or class where at least 6 feet of distancing exists with the next closest patron.
- Barbershop or beauty salon customers or patrons when wearing a face covering would reasonably interfere with receiving services.
- Business owners, managers, and employees who are in an area of a business establishment that is not open to customers, patrons, or the public, provided that 6 feet of distance exist between employees. This exception does not apply to employees who are present in the kitchen or other food and beverage preparation area of a restaurant or food establishment. When an owner, manager, or employee is in their place of employment but not within six feet of another person, that owner, manager, or employee does not need to wear a mask.
- A lodging establishment guest when inside of the lodging unit.
- The owner, operator, manager, and employee of a business or lodging establishment shall ensure that every individual in that establishment complies with this section.
Florida Keys Coronavirus Cases
April 16 Update: This will only be updated Monday through Friday.
There are 16 new cases today in Monroe County, including 6 more in Key West, 4 more in Key Largo, 2 more in Marathon, 2 more in Tavernier, 1 more in Stock Island, and 1 more non-FL resident.
Hospital capacity changes based on current patients and staffing. This is a very fluid situation and the figures can change throughout the day based on patient admissions and discharges. The presented numbers only show a snapshot of a single moment in time in a dynamic situation. Both Baptist and Lower Keys Medical are currently in the green, meaning they have enough supplies, staffing, and resources for the next 7 days or longer. When they go to yellow, it means they have fewer than 7 days, and red is for fewer than 3 days. Emergency Management is monitoring their needs on an ongoing basis.
The hospitals are currently managing the care of COVID-19 patients in care spaces at the hospitals that be expanded or contracted as needed. To date, neither hospital entity has had expand the spaces, but it is available if necessary. In the event of a significant surge of cases in our community, the hospitals and Emergency Management would work collaboratively with state health officials to identify other resources to provide care for those who need it. More information on hospital capacities can be found at here.
Total Cases By Month (Approximate)
- March 220: 33 new cases
- April 2020: 46 new cases
- May 2020: 29 new cases
- June 2020: 151 new cases
- July 2020: 1,041 new cases
- August 2020: 434 new cases
- September 2020: 124 new cases
- October 2020: 443 new cases
- November 2020: 1,044 new cases
- December 2020: 805 new cases
- January 2021: 1,091 new cases
- February 2021: 511 new cases
- March 2021: 629 new cases
- April 2021: 241 new cases, so far
Current case information can be found at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov. On the dashboard, look under “See the Report” for detailed information by county, including testing numbers and geographic locations or “See dashboard” for summaries by county.
The Florida Dept of Health officially confirms new cases. Cases are a total count of all laboratory-confirmed cases. This number does not represent the current number of COVID-19 positive persons. At this time, the FDOH is unable to determine the number of recoveries from COVID-19. Those who do recover from the virus may have additional unknown health effects. Monroe County posts this Florida Department of Health information as a courtesy to inform residents.
- Florida Department of Health
- Florida Department of Health Call Center, 866-779-6121 (24 Hours)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
Senior citizens and individuals with an underlying medical condition are still strongly encouraged to stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
CDC COVID-19 Guidance
Monroe County Departments
Monroe County buildings are open to the public, but in some cases only during limited times or for appointments only. View the departments for more information. Masks must be worn in all Monroe County buildings.
Monroe County Staff Directory
Monroe County Emergency Management
Emergency Management continues to monitor the situation in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health and will continue to facilitate conference calls with partner agencies and the municipalities.
- Monroe County Emergency Management activated its EOC to Level 2 Partial Activation and is meeting regularly since March 17, 2020.