Six weeks ago government officials decided to shutdown nonessential businesses, waterways, beaches and various other outdoor recreational outdoor facilities. As of Monday, April 27th, Key West residents can now once again frequent beaches, parks, and recreational facilities throughout the island. While the island of Key West is closed to nonresidents, Key West locals can now enjoy the reopening of the first phase amid COVID-19.
“While responsibly distancing themselves, we hope that by easing some restrictions on public space our residents can enjoy the natural environment Key West has to offer,” City Manager Greg Veliz said in a letter via Facebook. While Veliz hopes to ease restrictions on non-essential businesses in the near future, he plans to keep the island closed to visitors through May. To enforce this, he’s keeping two highway checkpoints in the Upper Keys to keep out tourists.
Below is a detailed list of some of the beaches, parks and recreational facilities open throughout the island of Key West for residents to enjoy:
- Smathers Beach
- Higgs Beach
- Fort Zachary Taylor Beach Area
- Higgs Beach Dog Park
- Key West Golf Club
For more information on the first phase reopenings, please visit the Key West Historic Seaport website or City of Key West’s website.
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