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Key West is doing a remarkable job of recovering from the impact of COVID19. Trip Advisor has listed Key West as one of the fastest recovering travel destination communities in the United States! In order to clarify new Key West Directives and Ordinances, we are updating daily as we monitor the city of Key West live commission meetings and updates from Mayor Teri Johnston. Key West is now fully opened to 100% occupancy. Below are the frequently asked questions.

Are Face Masks Required in Key West?

Yes. Face mask rules for the City of Key West were tightened up on November 19, 2020. The City of Key West has a City Ordinance with updated emergency directives that requires and enforces face masks or facial coverings to keep everyone safe and healthy. This ordinance applies to all persons over 6 years old. The City of Key West rules are simple to follow:

  • Everyone must put on your mask when they leave their home, rental, hotel or B&B. Masks must be worn even when they are able to social distance from others. Please be sure to wear a mask inside business establishments and outside and pay careful attention to social distance when in any public setting.
  • Code Compliance officers will be in high traffic areas, which include Duval Street, the Southernmost Point, Sunset at Mallory Square, and Caroline Street near the Historic Seaport.
  • According to the City Ordinance, if residents or tourists repeatedly do not wear a mask, they can be fined up to $500. after a verbal warning and civil citation.

The City of Key West Mayor has asked that, "everyone be part of the solution," to keep COVID-19 under control on our island. VHKW staff respectfully ask our guests to understand that on the tiny island of Key West, we have one small hospital and limited medical support. Everyone needs to take personal responsibility and wear a facial covering or mask.

Attached are links to directives and ordinances from the City of Key West, Monroe County, and the State of Florida.

What is VHKW - Vacation Homes of Key West doing to assure additional health and safety during COVID-19?

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 are available by phone or text for any questions about the check-in process.

Enhanced Cleaning Process - VHKW - Vacation Homes of Key West follows enhanced cleaning directives set by Monroe County, the City of Key West, and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). Printed copies of CDC regulations and guidelines, copies of local COVID-19 regulations and restrictions, and signage explaining the new cleaning protocols, are placed at the vacation rental properties. Our cleaning and property staff will wear facial coverings and gloves and practice social distancing from each other while on property.

White Quilt Service - In order to provide an elevated safety standard, VHKW now offers a 'White Quilt Service.' This service provides light weight white bed quilts for the beds in our vacation rentals. Our white quilts allow for laundering at high heat with a strong sanitizer or bleach. White quilts are laundered at each check out or may be replaced with new quilts. New quilts and pillows are provided upon request.

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Are Shared Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, Pool Decks and Furniture Sanitized?

If you rent a property that shares a common pool or hot tub, please be assured that the CDC reports that the virus is not spread through water in a pool or hot tub. Areas around the pools are regularly disinfected, and sanitizers and disinfectants are on hand for pool and patio furniture so you can apply as desired.

Vacation Rentals For Social Distancing

VHKW offers many private one-of-a-kind single-family home, cottage, or estate. Enjoy a social distance vacation and / or work remotely within the privacy of your own home rental. Amenities include private swimming pools, spas, and fenced tropical gardens. These private vacation homes include weekly and monthly rentals and range from one to eleven bedrooms.

How Can I Find Key West Businesses that Comply with Safe Practices and Social Distancing?

Join the open Facebook group called "5 Star Safety Practices."

Here you will find local Key West businesses reviewed by locals and visitors according to their health safety practices of wearing masks and practicing social distancing. The list of businesses is impressive and continues to grow as more people patronize businesses and review them. We encourage you to check this Facebook page regularly for updates on places you are interested in patronizing.

Are Key West Beaches Open?

Yes. Key West Beaches are open.

Are Key West Bars Open?

Yes. Bars are now allowed to be open to 100% capacity. But this is up to the discretion of each individual bar proprietor. Some are open to limited capacity.

Are Key West Restaurants Open?

Yes. Restaurants are now allowed to be open to 100% capacity. But this is up to the discretion of each individual restaurant proprietor. Some are open to limited capacity.

Where Can I Find Live Music in Key West?

Can I have a Lunch or Dinner Catered at the Vacation Rental?

Yes. There are excellent professional Key West chefs who are experienced at serving (and preparing) meals in private homes. We are happy to recommend and/or arrange a caterer for you.

Can I Have Groceries and Wine, and Liquor Delivered to the Vacation Rental?

Yes. You can have deliveries once you arrive. It is also possible to arrange for delivery prior to your arrival. If you want groceries delivered prior to your arrival, we will need to arrange this in advance so we can receive the delivery. There are two options for grocery deliver. Publix Supermarket - has two stores on Key West. Faustos Food Palace - Conch Town Liquor will deliver liquor.

What Are Some Fun and Unique 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. There are no cruise ships docking at our island which means the silt on the ocean bottom is not churned up. Many people are comparing it to the crystal-clear water of The Bahamas.

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.

If you're not interested in a water activity or don't feel comfortable going out, have a staycation at your vacation rental. 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 the tropical Key West.

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