Florida Keys and Overseas Highway remain closed to visitors
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The Florida Keys remain closed to visitors until further notice, following directives from local government officials based on concerns about U.S. coronavirus threats.
Two traffic checkpoints at the top of the Keys are being manned around the clock to restrict non-residents’ road access to the island chain. Implemented by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the southbound traffic stops are located at mile marker 112.5 on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway (U.S. 1), and on State Road 905 between Ocean Reef and the access point to U.S. 1 in Key Largo.
Only Keys residents, property owners, delivery and grocery trucks, fuel tankers and those actively involved in work in the Keys are being admitted.
The checkpoints are to continue until further notice and officials advised that there may be traffic delays.
Keys lodging and virtually all other tourism-related entities including beaches, attractions, parks, boat ramps and fishing piers remain closed until further notice.
Officials said they will re-evaluate the tourism closures and make changes when appropriate.
“Closing the Keys was obviously a very difficult decision for us, given the importance of the tourism economy to our businesses and our families, but the health and safety of our visitors and residents are paramount,” said Monroe County Mayor Heather Carruthers.
The Florida Keys website offers destination-specific information on the coronavirus situation and tourism closures. It is updated daily or more frequently as needed.
Carruthers said Monroe County continues to follow the directives of the Centers for Disease Control, the Florida Department of Health, and State of Florida Governor’s Office Executive Orders.