Business Information

Facial Coverings in Public Places are MANDATORY in the Florida Keys

Monroe County requires all persons over the age of six to wear a facial covering whenever away from their home and unable to engage in social distancing. Every person over the age of six who is away from his or her residence shall carry a face-covering capable of immediate use.

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In the City of Key West, 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. For more information on the City of Key West directives and orders, visit www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov.

Operators and employees of business establishments to ensure customers comply within the establishment.

Closures for Businesses with COVID-19 Positive Employees

The Board withdrew a provision requiring businesses to close for three days if an employee tests positive with COVID-19 so that provision can be reworked.

Retail Businesses

The Governor’s order for Phase 2 allows retail businesses to operate at full building capacity.

Restaurants and Bars

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) released an Amended Emergency Order 2020-09 to amend and clarify operating restrictions for bars and restaurants set forth in Emergency Order 2020-09, which was issued on Friday, June 26.

The Amended order states the following:

1. Vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, but not licensed to offer food service, shall suspend sales of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, provided that these vendors may continue to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off the premises; and

2. Vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, and also licensed to offer food service, may continue to operate as restaurants at 50% of seating occupancy for the service of food and beverages to customers seated at tables or bar counters with appropriate social distancing.

For additional information, or to report violators of Emergency Order 2020-09, please contact the DBPR Customer Service Hotline at 850-487-1395.

Restaurants can operate at 50 percent of indoor capacity. Outdoor seating capacity will not be limited, as long as tables are socially distanced at 6 feet apart.

Nightly Restaurant Closures and Alcohol Sales Ban Countywide Through Aug. 19

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) through Wednesday, August 19. The ordinance will be re-discussed at the regularly scheduled board meeting on Wednesday, August 19 where it could potentially be renewed. Bars are still currently closed per the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Emergency Order but are included in the local ordinance should things change at the state level.

The closures and alcohol sales will be in effect throughout the county and municipalities unless a municipality enacts different rules.

Any person found in violation may be punished by up to 60 days in the County jail and/or a fine of up to $500. Violators are also subject to administrative fines of up to $1,000 for a first offense and $5,000 for a repeat offense. Each day a violation of this ordinance occurs is considered a separate offense.

Entertaining Businesses

Per Governor’s order: entertaining businesses, like movie theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, and arcades, may also operate at 50 percent capacity with appropriate social distancing and sanitation. 

Tattoo Shops

Tattooing, body piercing, tanning, and massage establishments are also allowed to reopen with appropriate safety guidelines outlined by the Department of Health.

Salons, Barbershops, Fitness Centers, and Massage Therapy

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All personal services can operate at regular capacity, in accordance with CDC and OSHA guidelines per the latest Governor’s Executive Order 20-139. Facial coverings may be removed during treatments where a mask would interfere with service.

Governor’s Essential Services Lists