The Florida Keys may not be opening back up to visitors and tourists for at least another month due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.
Monroe County released a statement Friday saying that, after talks with officials from the Florida Department of Health, it does not anticipate lifting its current restriction on non-residents until at least the end of May.
Officials said the restrictions could be extended depending on how the state deals with the pandemic.
“The relaxing of protective measures may be considered when there are no new cases or a steady downward trend in the Florida Keys for at least two weeks,” the statement read, in part.
Monroe County set up traffic checkpoints on March 27th to impose the temporary ban on non-residents as the crisis grew across South Florida. The ban followed tourist destinations like Key West closing hotels and forcing non-residents to leave.