Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION FROM RENT KEY WEST VACATIONS
REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

 

KEY WEST IS OPEN!

We are very excited to be able to welcome our tourists back to Key West. However, things are still evolving as they are around the county (and world!) so please don't expect everything to be completely normal in Key West.  We pride ourselves on the quirkiness of our town and that will still be true as you come back to Key West now. So pack your hand sanitizer and your mask!

 

The goal for all of this to ease back into our daily lives, welcoming others into our island community as neighbors. The same island community where we have been secluded from most of outside world.  It will be an adjustment for all of us.  The biggest concern island residents have, that the virus will spread quickly in our island ecosystem. We have a small hospital/ healthcare capacity here in the Keys.  We don't want to overwhelm our healthcare system so that those who need care, can't get it here.  

 

So help us all, by doing the same thing we have been doing for months.  Enjoy the outdoors, stay socially distant and put a mask on when you are going into a business or not able to socially distance.  It's a simple expectation.  We thank you for doing your part to keep our island community open and safe for residents and visitors.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED Q&A

Q.  Are there any restaurants & bars open in Key West?

 

A.  Restaurants and bars are open at full capacity. Just like shirts and shoes, masks are required for entry into a restaurant. Masks may be removed only when seated at a table eating or drinking.

Q.  Are the beaches open for visitors?

 

A.  Yes, all beaches are open. Social distancing guidelines are to be followed as a safety precaution.

Q.  What businesses are open in Key West?

 

A.  Businesses such as grocery stores, retail stores, fitness centers, spas, hair salons, and barbershops are open at full capacity.  Please be prepared to have your temperature taken at restaurants, bars, salons and other personal care establishments.

Q. Have many businesses in Key West closed down for good due to the virus?

 

A: The best answer is some have closed.  We typically see a few businesses close at the end of high season every year. We have heard several restaurants that had lease issues and have closed. Most prominently, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant has closed it’s Duval Street location. Some may be delaying their re-opening until we have more tourists back in town and others are closing brick and mortar businesses and going online, such as Peppers of Key West.

Q: What are your cleaning and sanitizing protocols?

 

A.   We have always followed a strict policy of cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting for our vacation homes and we will continue to uphold our cleaning standards with the guidance of the CDC and AHLA.  We will be enhancing our cleaning procedures by taking extra care in each home especially frequently touched items such as doorknobs, remotes, arm rests, and all linens in the homes. Our highly skilled housekeepers will ensure that every vacation rental is clean and ready for your family to enjoy safely.

Q.  Will there be cleaning supplies available in the rental?

 

A.  We will be providing a starter cleaning kit for our guest to use during their stay*. Disinfectant sprays for high touch areas are provided. Guests are encouraged to make arrangements to maintain an adequate amount of safety products (masks and hand santizer) to last them through their stay.

*Items are subject to availability

Q.  Public areas at Condos and HOAs.

 

A.  Guests should be at least six feet apart from others at all times and wear a mask when in common areas, however take the mask off at pool.  When using the pool, do not congregate in groups of more than 10.  We do not control the common areas of these properties, use caution when touching frequently touched areas or bring your wipes. All condos in Key West are also full time residents of many people. This is a reminder that while you are on vacation, your neighbors have to get up and go to work tomorrow. Be courteous and respectful of your neighbors.

Q.  Will there be maintenance person available when needed?

 

A.  We will be accepting service calls should you encounter an issue during your stay.  In order to alleviate transmission of the virus, please be prepared to wear a mask or step out of property when our team member is working in the home.

Q.  What should I bring with me?

 

A.  Essentials such as masks, gloves, toilet paper, sanitizing wipes and sprays. Every rental will be equipped with the minimum number of paper products as there is a national shortage for these items.  Guests are encouraged to bring extra essential supplies for their stay.

Q.  When should I wear a mask/ facial covering?

 

A. The County's facial covering ordinance is still in effect. As of November 18th, the City of Key West has enacted stricter masking requirements: “The City now requires the wearing of masks any time a resident or a visitor steps out of their residence, they must wear a mask regardless of the ability to social distance.,” the new directive states.

“This amendment to Emergency Directive 2020-13 also directs operators and employees of business establishments to ensure that every individual in the establishment complies with this directive. It continues to allow restaurant patrons to remove their mask only when seated at a table and eating or drinking." 

 

Q.  Why do we care about this?

 

A. We have been diligent as a community to flatten the curve. COVID-19 cases have been climbing very slowly and we would like to work together to keep it that way and not overwhelm our local healthcare system.  As with the rest of the state, we are now seeing higher case numbers and it is causing a great deal of stress to the locals. Nothing is out of control yet with healthcare facilities, but not enough precautions are being taken. Let's hope you get a tan on vacation and not COVID. So, blend in with the locals, wash your hands frequently, wear your mask and enjoy your Keys vacation safely!

Q.  Is Covid covered by travel insurance?

 

A.  Travel restrictions that cause a cancellation of the trip are not covered. Someone contracting the virus and becoming ill is covered during the policy period.

For up-to-date information on the status of Monroe County and COVID-19, go to www.Monroecountyem.comwww.floridahealth.gov, or www.CDC.gov. In addition, The Florida Department of Health has put up a 24/7 information hotline: 1-866-779-6121.

 

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