Airports, Lodging, Vacation Rentals & Travel

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State of Florida: Travel Restrictions Still In Place

Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-82, directing all persons who enter the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, or any other area with substantial community spread), to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter.

Key West International and Florida Keys Marathon Airports

Airport screenings of commercial passengers traveling from highly affected COVID-19 areas will continue. Key West International Airport continues to operate, pursuant to and consistent with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration. Airports are regulated by the FAA. Any restriction on aviation would be issued from the federal level. General aviation is also regulated by the FAA. 

Lodging is open in Monroe County

Lodging establishments are open in Monroe County, but must follow American Hotel and Lodging Association guidelines. Employees and guests must wear facial coverings in indoor public areas of lodging establishments.

Amended Vacation Rental Reopening Plan for Monroe County

Monroe County revised plan for vacation rentals during COVID-19 was accepted over the weekend by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). The new plan includes capacity limitations, local management contact, and signage requirements. The restrictions will remain in effect until the Governor removes statewide restrictions on vacation rentals.

Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-123 allows vacation rentals to operate only within a county with a safety plan for vacation rental operations approved by the DBPR. Monroe County sent a vacation rental reopening plan to the DBPR that was approved allowing vacation rentals to reopen on June 1 with sanitation requirements and other safety measures.

Capacity Limitation

Countywide, capacity for vacation rental property will be limited to two people per bedroom plus two, meaning a two-bedroom vacation rental can have a maximum occupancy of six people.

Local Manager

Vacation rental units shall have a local vacation rental manager who resides within that section of the unincorporated area of the county (Upper, Middle, and Lower Keys) or within the municipality where the vacation rental unit is located. The manager shall be available 24 hours per day, seven days a week for the purpose of promptly responding to complaints regarding conduct or behavior of vacation rental occupants or alleged violations.

Signage Requirements

The name and telephone number of the vacation rental manager must be posted on a sign that can be read from the street. The signage requirement will enable neighbors, law enforcement and code compliance to direct complaints about noise, excessive occupancy, and other violations to the manager. The signage is the responsibility of the vacation rental operator; signs will not be provided by the local municipality or the county. Islamorada recommends that the sign be placed as near the right-of way as possible to ensure it can be read from the street.

Reporting Non-compliance or Complaints:

To report non-compliance, problems or complaints, people should first call the vacation rental manager listed on the sign at the property. If unable to contact the manager, local code compliance is the secondary option.

Code compliance numbers for reporting violations:
*Unincorporated Monroe County Vacation Rental Number: 305-289-2589
*Islamorada Code Compliance: 305-664-6435
*Key West Code Compliance: 305-809-1101
*Marathon Code Compliance: 305-289-5024
*Key Colony Beach Code Compliance: 305-289-1212, ext. 3
*Layton Code Compliance: 305-664-4667
 
If unable to contact the vacation rental manager after hours or weekends with issues needing immediate attention, calls can be addressed to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at 305-296-2424 for unincorporated Monroe County, Marathon, Layton, and the Village of Islamorada. For the City of Key West contact Key West Police Department at 305-809-1000


Under these new guidelines, reservations from COVID-19 hot spots identified by the Governor are to be avoided. COVID-19 identified hotspots according to the governor are New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Reservations from international guests will not be allowed until further notice.

House cleaning procedures should conform to the new enhanced standards issued by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, CDC, and DBPR. In addition to the enhanced standards, remote check-in and check-outs will be made available, along with printed copies of CDC regulations and guidelines and printed copies of local COVID-19 regulations and restrictions and signage highlighting the new cleaning protocols will be placed on the property. Cleaning and property staff will wear facial coverings and gloves and practice social distancing from each other while on property and maintain a schedule that does not coincide with the guest’s arrival or stay.

Key West Transit & Lower Keys Shuttle

Key West Transit and Lower Keys Shuttle have limited fixed-route bus service available.

Miami-Dade Transit

Route 301 is running from Miami-Dade to Monroe County.

Port of Key West

  • Major U.S. cruise lines are suspended due to COVID-19 through October. 
  • The port is still open for marine traffic which includes recreational vessels.

Naval Air Station Key West

  • Closed to all recreational visitors until further notice

Vulnerable Populations

The Governor also issued Executive Order 20-83, directing the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory to all persons over 65 years of age urging them to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

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