Airports, Lodging, Vacation Rentals & Travel
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Key West International and Florida Keys Marathon Airports
Key West International Airport and Florida Keys Marathon International Airport continue to operate, pursuant to and consistent with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration. Airports are regulated by the FAA. Any restriction on aviation would be issued from the federal level. General aviation is also regulated by the FAA.
Lodging is open in Monroe County
Lodging establishments are open in Monroe County, but must follow American Hotel and Lodging Association guidelines. Employees and guests must wear facial coverings in indoor public areas of lodging establishments.
Amended Vacation Rental Reopening Plan for Monroe County
Monroe County revised plan for vacation rentals during COVID-19 was accepted over the weekend by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). The new plan includes capacity limitations, local management contact, and signage requirements. The restrictions will remain in effect until the Governor removes statewide restrictions on vacation rentals.
Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-123 allows vacation rentals to operate only within a county with a safety plan for vacation rental operations approved by the DBPR. Monroe County sent a vacation rental reopening plan to the DBPR that was approved allowing vacation rentals to reopen on June 1 with sanitation requirements and other safety measures.
Reporting Non-compliance or Complaints:
Under these new guidelines, reservations from COVID-19 hot spots identified by the Governor are to be avoided. COVID-19 identified hotspots according to the governor are New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Reservations from international guests will not be allowed until further notice.
House cleaning procedures should conform to the new enhanced standards issued by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, CDC, and DBPR. In addition to the enhanced standards, remote check-in and check-outs will be made available, along with printed copies of CDC regulations and guidelines and printed copies of local COVID-19 regulations and restrictions and signage highlighting the new cleaning protocols will be placed on the property. Cleaning and property staff will wear facial coverings and gloves and practice social distancing from each other while on property and maintain a schedule that does not coincide with the guest’s arrival or stay.
- State Approved Changes to Monroe County Protocols for Vacation Rentals
- DBPR Sanitation and Safety Requirements for Vacation Rentals
- CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection Public Spaces
- American Hotel and Lodging Stay Safe Guidelines
- Florida Dept. of Health Print Resources
Key West Transit & Lower Keys Shuttle
Key West Transit and Lower Keys Shuttle have limited fixed-route bus service available.
Route 301 is running from Miami-Dade to Monroe County.
Port of Key West
- Major U.S. cruise lines are suspended due to COVID-19 through October.
- The port is still open for marine traffic.
Naval Air Station Key West
- Closed to all recreational visitors until further notice
The Governor issued Executive Order 20-83, directing the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory to all persons over 65 years of age urging them to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.