Please visit www.monroecountyem.com/cares for the Rental and Mortgage Program and the Business Assistance Grant programs through Monroe County.
In addition, UWCK is facilitating information and assistance for residents who are trying to enroll in state and federal programs. The current needs far exceed the response capacity of our local programs, so qualifying residents are encouraged to seek state and federal assistance ensuring our local resources will go further. For Keys residents needing the Florida Reemployment program, UWCK has compiled “Links and Tips for Unemployment Assistance”, found at KeysUnitedWay.org/COVID-19ApplicationAssistance. Social service agencies may also refer clients who need help completing the paper version of the Florida Reemployment application by emailing ApplicationAssistance@KeysUnitedWay.org.
Salvation Army Helpline 844-458-HELP (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Monroe WIC Offering Assistance to Families in Monroe County
The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County’s WIC (Special Supplemental Food Program for Women Infants and Children) offers food/nutrition/breastfeeding assistance to low-income pregnant women or families with infants or children under the age of 5 years who reside in Monroe County. Those individuals/families who meet these criteria and are experiencing a loss of income due to the COVID-19 crisis are encouraged to sign up for WIC to help with food costs. Families that meet these criteria and are currently receiving unemployment or Medicaid benefits automatically qualify financially for WIC benefits. Others will need to provide proof of income and/or explain income loss to qualify.
For more information or to apply: Key West area—call 305-676-3852 and Upper Keys call 305-676-3933. (During the COVID-19 Pandemic, all applications will be done by phone and necessary documents can be faxed or emailed, please do not come to the WIC office).
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Monroe County does not have New Year’s Eve restrictions.
The City of Key West has a nightly 10 p.m. curfew for New Year’s Eve through Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021 at 6 a.m.
The directive reads: “Commencing on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 10 p.m. and terminating on Sunday, January 3, 2021, at 6:00 a.m., a curfew is hereby imposed for the City of Key West, effective from 10 p.m. each night through 6 a.m. the next morning. All non-essential businesses shall close on or before 10 p.m. each night. Persons shall be in their residences or lodging establishments no later than 10:30 p.m. each night. During the period of such curfew, no person shall make use of any street or sidewalk for any purpose, except police, fire rescue, first responder, medical, health care, media, and utility repair service personnel.”
The curfew will not apply to people returning directly to their homes from work at essential establishments or going directly to work at essential establishments from their homes; people making deliveries from essential establishments; people walking their dogs within 250 feet of their residences; and those traveling to or from any religious service.
More information: www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov
Please visit Testing, Hospitals, Urgent Care Centers, and other options.
Yes, when you are inside a business in Monroe County you must wear a mask. You must also wear a mask when outside and unable to socially distance. You must also carry a facial covering with you when outside of your home. See restrictions and exemptions on the main page: www.monroecountyem.com/covid19.
The City of Key West has additional protective measures requiring masks when outside of the home at all times. More information can be found at www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov.
Code compliance numbers for reporting violations:
After hours or weekend issues needing immediate attention can be addressed to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at 305-289-2351 for unincorporated Monroe County, Marathon, Layton, and the Village of Islamorada, and for the City of Key West contact Key West Police Department at 305-809-1000.
Parks and beaches in the City of Key West are open.
City Park, Ocean Front Park, and both Sombrero and Coco Plum Beaches are open.
Due to safety concerns and an inability to mitigate them at this time, the following restrictions apply:
Islamorada parks, public beaches, public boat ramps are closed through Labor Day. The closure includes Anne’s Beach, Library Beach Park, and the entire area known as the Fills from MM 77.5 to 79.8. All parking areas are closed to the public. No vehicles, picnicking, tents, chairs, or other items are allowed in any park or the Fills area.
Founders Park is open to Islamorada residents and homeowners only. Proof of residency or homeownership is required with a Driver’s License (or another legal form of ID) with an Islamorada address or a Founders Park Resident ID card.
Facilities will reopen to the public on September 8, 2020 at 50 percent capacity.
Parks are open on Key Colony Beach
Visitors should expect limited hours, capacity, and amenities.
COVID-19 health safety directives are being enforced for all visitors and residents throughout the Florida Keys. Facial coverings are required to be worn if unable to socially distance with other groups at the boat ramps.
Fishing and charters are allowed.
All fishing bridges are open. Trash cans are available. Those visiting the bridges are expected to maintain safe social distances of at least 6 feet apart from other families.