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The Florida Keys to reopen for visitors from June 1

Florida Keys officials announced to reopen for visitors from June 1 following the island chain’s closure to tourists on March 22.

The easing of visitor restrictions will coincide with the planned suspension of checkpoints on two roads leading from the South Florida mainland to the Keys.

Accommodation is to be limited to 50% of standard occupancy during the early stages of reopening. Local leaders will examine the situation later in June to make determinations regarding relaxing occupancy restrictions.

New coronavirus infections in the Florida Keys have been greatly reduced, health officials said, and the infection rate in neighbouring Miami-Dade and Broward counties has eased, enabling leaders in those counties to begin reopening businesses and public facilities. 

The Florida Keys begin just 90 minutes’ drive south from Miami, and their five districts can be easily explored by car. The Overseas Highway with its Seven Mile Bridge is one of the world’s unforgettable routes. Often referred to as ‘natural Florida’, the Keys offer miles of wide-open spaces and an extensive range of sustainable water-based activities including snorkelling, diving and kayaking.

Monroe County Mayor Heather Carruthers said that Keys lodging and other tourism-related businesses are preparing for a “new normal” to host visitors.

New disinfecting and social distancing guidelines, as well as mandatory wearing of face coverings for both visitors and tourism industry staff members, are to be initiated with input from the Florida Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

“We appreciate and have supported local government and health officials’ decisions to minimise coronavirus infection rates in the Keys,” said Rita Irwin, chair of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the destination management office for the Florida Keys and Key West.

While UK travellers await the go-ahead for international travel, travel agents and tour operators with customers looking for 2021 ideas and guidance can take advantage of the Florida Keys’ has revised online training programme.


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