COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

This website is updated with new Monroe County-related information as new information becomes available. Florida Dept. of Health information regarding cases is updated when there are changes.

Latest Orders and Directives

Facial Coverings in Public Places

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners has voted to make facial coverings mandatory throughout Monroe County, effective immediately.

Facial coverings over the nose and mouth must be worn in all Florida Keys business establishments and other public settings where there is a roof overhead. The ordinance applies to employees and customers. The ordinance contains exceptions when face coverings may be removed while seated to eat and drink in a restaurant or bar and while exercising in a gym if at least six feet away from other people. Children 6 years old or younger are not required to wear a mask. 

 A covering over the nose and mouth 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. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. Medical and surgical face masks, such as "N95" masks, should be reserved for health care personnel and other first responders with the greatest need for such personal protective equipment. 

A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items.

More information about facial coverings from the ordinance

A “business establishment” means a location with a roof overhead under which any business is conducted, goods are made or stored or processed or where services are rendered.  The term “business establishment” also includes locations where non-profit, governmental, and quasi-governmental entities facilitate public interactions and conduct business. The term does not include schools servicing students under the age of 18. 

Mandatory requirements 

An owner, manager, employee, customer or patron of a business establishment must wear a face covering while in that business establishment. 

The requirements of this section do not apply to:

  • Restaurant customers or patrons while dining and/or consuming beverages while seated at a table
  • 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.
  • Bar patrons while consuming beverages and/or food. 
  • A lodging establishment guest when inside of the lodging unit including but not limited to a hotel room, motel room, vacation rental unit, timeshare unit, or similar 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.
  • When a customer of a business establishment asserts that he or she has a disability that prevents the individual from wearing a mask, the owner, manager, or employee of the business establishment may exclude the individual, even if they have a disability, as they pose a direct threat to the health and safety of employees and other customers, even if asymptomatic, and shall accommodate the disabled individual in a manner that does not fundamentally alter the operations of the business establishment nor jeopardize the health of that business’s employees and other customers, such as providing curb service or delivery or other reasonable accommodation.

Florida Keys Coronavirus Cases

Monroe County Emergency Management is aware of the rise in COVID-19 positive cases in the Florida Keys and is communicating daily with the F-DOH and the hospitals to monitor hospitalizations and needs. The County will continue to evaluate the situation and the need for additional protective measures. The County originally closed to visitors to allow time to prepare for a rise in cases and at this time hospitals are adequately prepared with staffing, resources, testing, and facilities. This is a time when personal protective actions will mean the most. Please continue to wash your hands, socially distance, and wear a mask in public settings.

The latest report from the Florida Department of Health shows there are 26 new cases in Monroe County, including 1 more Non-Resident, 9 more in Key West, 3 more in Tavernier, 7 more in Marathon, 3 more in Islamorada, 1 more in Summerland Key, 1 more in Big Pine Key, and 1 more as Missing City.

Monroe County is reporting 322 total cases -- 305 are residents, 17 are non-residents.

A majority of the infections are community acquired. Therefore now more than ever it is critical to: wear a mask, social distance, and hand wash frequently.

Of the 305 residents, 105 are from Key West, 46 Key Largo, 45 Tavernier, 45 Marathon, and 13 from Islamorada and five from Summerland Key. There are two from Cudjoe Key and eleven from Big Pine Key. Sugarloaf has two cases. Stock Island, Long Key, and Key Colony Beach have one case each. There are 28 cases from missing locations. 

5 deaths (reported by the State)

Current Hospitalizations: 5

*Note, above hospitalizations do not take into account those hospitalized outside of Monroe County

Total Viral Tests: 6,190

Positive Antibodies/ Total Tested: 103/2727 (As of June 26)

Current case information can be found at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov. It is updated daily. 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 Health Department will officially confirm any other 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. 

Additional current case information can be found at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov by scrolling down to “See the Report” for detailed information by county, including testing numbers.

The Health Department will officially confirm any other cases. Cases are a total count of all laboratory-confirmed cases. 

The total numbers do not represent the current number of COVID-19 positive persons. Those who do recover from the virus may have additional unknown health effects. The provisionally estimated number of persons recovered from COVID-19 can be calculated by using an average recovery time of 14 days for all cases excluding deaths. The provisional estimated average recovery time was determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

QUESTIONS?

Complaints or Violations

Report businesses violating the Governor’s Executive Orders (capacity limitations) to the Department of Business & Professional Regulation

Code Compliance for Local Ordinance Requiring Masks

  • Unincorporated Monroe County Dedicated Non-Compliance Number: 305-289-2819
  • Key West Code Compliance Number: 305-809-3740
  • Marathon Code Compliance: 305-289-5024
  • Key Colony Beach Code Compliance: 305-289-1212 ext. 3
  • Islamorada Code Compliance: 305-664-6435
  • Layton Code Compliance: 305-664-4667

If after hours, or the weekend, leave a message and the complaint will be addressed the following business day. After hours or weekend issues needing immediate attention, call the Monroe County Sheriff Office Non-Emergency Line at 305-289-2351 for unincorporated Monroe County and Key West Police Department at 305-809-1000 for the City of Key West. 

Penalties and Enforcement for Violation of the Facial Covering Ordinance

Civil Citation

  • A code compliance or law enforcement officer may, upon observation of a violation by a person who does not immediately put on a face-covering after receiving a warning, issue a notice to appear or civil citation to appear in County Court. 
  •  Any person or business establishment prosecuted under this subsection and found in violation of this ordinance may be punished by a fine of up to $500.
  • An owner, manager, and/or employee of a business establishment shall not be liable in any enforcement action taken under this section for the violations of a guest, customer, and/or patron if that owner, manager, and/or employee directed that guest, customer, and/or patron who refuses to wear a face-covering to vacate the premises or face prosecution of trespass.

Administrative Notice of Violation 

  • A county or municipal code compliance officer may, upon discovery of a violation by a person who does not immediately put on a face-covering after receiving a warning, issue a notice of violation and notice to appear before the code compliance board or special magistrate of that officer’s jurisdiction. 
  • Any person or business establishment found in violation of this ordinance may be fined pursuant to part I of chapter 162, Florida Statutes.

Injunctive Relief 

  • The State Attorney of the 16th Judicial Circuit and/or the County Attorney may file an action for injunctive relief in Circuit Court seeking to enjoin violations that occur throughout the County, except for violations that occur in a municipality that has adopted an ordinance in conflict with this ordinance. 
  • The City or Village Attorney for a municipality may file an action for injunctive relief in Circuit Court seeking to enjoin violations that occur with that municipality.

Vulnerable Populations

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. 

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CDC COVID-19 Guidance

Monroe County Staff Directory

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 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.