With all the inaccurate information out there, here’s some facts as are available now:
Are Florida Keys beaches, parks and attractions open?
The island destination is closed to visitors since 6 p.m. Sunday, March 22.
Florida Keys lodging businesses are directed to close at that time. Many Florida Keys attractions are closed or are planning to close.
The City of Marathon has closed Sombrero Beach and all city beaches. Key West’s Smathers Beach is closed as well, but Monroe County officials have not closed nearby Higgs Beach or other beaches in unincorporated areas of the island chain.
Parks in the Village of Islamorada are closed to the public with the exception of open spaces at Founders Park. The Founders Park Aquatic Center and dog park are closed. Founders Park Facilities such as basketball court, tennis courts, pickleball courts, fields and walking trails and may be used by individuals and small groups. All beaches and other Village parks including Anne’s Beach and Library Park Beach are completely closed. All restroom facilities at parks and beaches are closed.
The area known as the Fills from MM 77.5 to 79.8 and the boat ramp at Indian Key Fill are closed.
What about restaurants, bars and nightclubs?
Based on an executive order issued by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, all bars and nightclubs throughout Florida, including the Keys, ceased operations March 17.
Per the Governor’s March 20 executive order, all restaurants and food establishments within the State of Florida, including the Florida Keys, are to suspend on-premises food and alcohol consumption for customers. On-site dining is not allowed. Establishments may operate for the purpose of take-out or delivery.
Are area state and national parks open?
Effective March 21, Florida state parks with adjacent beaches are closed.
In the Florida Keys, this includes: Bahia Honda State Park, Curry Hammock State Park, Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Long Key State Park.
Ferry and seaplane service to Dry Tortugas National Park is temporarily suspended. The Long Pine Key and Flamingo campgrounds in Everglades National Park are closed.