Essential Services


Retail Businesses

The Governor’s order allows retail businesses to operate at 50 percent of building capacity.

Restaurants and Bars

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

Bars and bar seating in restaurants may reopen with 50 percent of their indoor capacity and bar areas may reopen with seated service. Outdoor seating is allowed with proper social distancing. Employees and customers of businesses in unincorporated Monroe County are highly recommended to continue wearing facial coverings in public settings. The City of Key West and other municipalities may have stricter guidelines.

Entertaining Businesses

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.

Fitness Centers

Gyms, yoga, dance, and fitness centers may open at 50 percent of capacity. Facial coverings must be worn into the establishment while checking in and checking out, and while leaving. Facial coverings may be removed during physical activity as long as 6 feet of distance is observed. 

Salons, Barbershops, and Massage Therapy


Hair and nail salons, barbershops, and massage therapists may reopen. Capacity is limited to 25 percent. All customers must be appointment only, with 15 minutes between appointments for sanitizing and disinfecting practices. No group appointments.  Masks must be worn by all employees and customers, to the extent that a mask unreasonably interferes with the services.  All surfaces, tools, and linens must be disinfected prior to reopening, even if already cleaned. This should continue between each day of operation. Remove all unnecessary frequently touched items, such as newspapers, magazines, service menus, and all unnecessary paper products and decor from service areas.

City of Key West Additional Directives

The City of Key West may have additional protections.

Governor’s Essential Services Lists