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Key West has moved past the crisis phase COVID-19. There are no COVID-19 related restrictions in place at this time. As the island returns to the 'new normal,' local health officers watch for local outbreaks and possible spread of coronavirus mutations. Visitors and residents alike, are asked to take precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones, and our small island community.

Are Face Masks Required in Key West?

No. There is no city, county, or statewide mandate that requires wearing masks.

Health and Safety of Key West Residents and Visitors

Key West is a tiny island where residents and visitors alike live, work, and play in close proximity to each other. The City of Key West strives to support the health of our tourist businesses. Everyone is asked to be mindful of personal spaces and take precautions prevent the spread of all illness.

Bob Eadie, administrator, and health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, stated "... it's important to remain vigilant, wash hands with soap and water, and cover your mouth when you sneeze. These things will help protect you as much from cold and flu as well."

Can Private Businesses Require Face Coverings or Masks?

Yes. While most do not, private businesses in Key West can require their customers to wear facial coverings in their establishments. Business establishments include various lodging facilities, restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies, indoor attractions, museums, retail or clothing shops, beauty salons, health spas and other public settings.

Can Visitors get a COVID-19 Test in Key West?

Yes. Here is a listing of COVID-19 test sites for visitors and residents in Key West and the Florida Keys. There is a Doctors Test Center located at 1075 Duval St., Key West, in Duval Square, that offers Rapid test with results in 1 hour.

It is generally necessary to make an appointment directly with a Key West provider. Check the Monroe County Florida Department of Health. It may be possible to get a home test kit at a local pharmacy.

Can Visitors get COVID-19 Vaccinations in Key West?

Yes. There is generally an ample supply of COVID-19 vaccines available for visitors as well as residents. Call or check the pharmacy websites to make appointments for COVID-19 vaccines. You can also check the Monroe County Florida Department of Health website for a list of places.

What is VHKW - Vacation Homes of Key West doing to continue to assure health and safety of our guests?

Express Check In - VHKW properties are equipped with either an electronic keypad or lock box. This standard check-in process allows our guests to go directly to their vacation rental without the necessity to meet at the property with staff. Of course, our staff is available by phone or text for any questions about the check-in process.

Vacation Rentals For Social Distancing - For travelers who prefer to practice social distancing, VHKW offers many one-of-a-kind vacation rental homes offering private gardens and swimming pools. These homes are ideal for working remotely as well as social distancing.

Enjoy the swimming pool, gardens, have a BBQ, have food delivered, or take out your favorite food and eat in. Enjoy the special beauty of your own rental home in tropical Key West.

What Are Some Fun and Unique Outdoor and Social Distance Activities in Key West?

Any activity on the water. Consider a private sunset sail, fishing charter, boat charter out to a sand bar. The water is incredibly clear in Key West. There are several sand bars you can boat to and have a picnic. This is a favorite of local Key Wester's.

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is a 15-acre haven of native trees and plants with walking trails, art installations, a natural butterfly habitat, a Cuban Palm Tree garden, a children's playground, education room, and more.

Outdoor Concerts at the Key West Coffee Butler Amphitheater on the Truman Waterfront. Concerts are being regularly scheduled. There is plenty of room to spread out and safely socially distance on the grass. Bring a chair or blanket and sit out under the stars.

Salute on the Beach Restaurant, at Higgs Beach, sponsors outdoor concerts on the beach bandstands on most Friday and Sunday evenings.

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