Florida Keys is bracing the impact of Coronavirus

Published on : Friday, March 20, 2020

In Monroe County, in spite of having no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, businesses mainly tourism-driven Florida Keys — are bracing for the pandemic’s financial impact.

 

After an executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis, Monroe County officials have declared many protective steps on Tuesday in terms of bars and restaurants. In the county, as of 5 p.m., all bars and nightclubs that receive 50 percent or above revenue require to shut down for the next 30 days. Also, restaurants will be required to function at 50% capacity, with tables seating six feet apart.

 

County officials till now have not shut down any beaches however people are hoped to adhere CDC proposals and assemble in groups of less than 10. However, Key West has shut down all its public beaches; Smathers Beach is one among them.

 

In spite of these restrictions, several restaurants and hotels in the Keys have still remained opened, entertaining people on Tuesday. Business owners and managers explained that they’re in a catch-22 and feel bad to turn away people but still want to stay virus-free.

 

“What we do hear is ranging from everyone must be closed, to don’t worry, it’s business as usual,” said Rob Lebrun, the general manager of Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar.

 

Monroe County with no confirmed cases of COVID-19 so far, the attraction of the Keys is obvious, mainly for one family visiting from New Jersey, where there are more than 175 confirmed cases.

 


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