Key West Curfew Imposed

Real Estate Agent with Preferred Properties Key West

This past summer I got a phone call from a customer who lives up north in a tourist town. She said her business was decimated by the pandemic shut down. She told me she thought it was a hoax. She did not know anyone who had caught it or died. I told her it was real - that my niece died of it in May and that a friend from the Midwest passed that same week. She questioned me to ask if I was serious. I was, I said. 


Living in Key West during the lock down brought back memories of old Key West before the huge surege in tourism in the mid 1990s. I remember driving south on Simonton Street around 4:00 PM one day. There was not one car from Truman where I turned east until I neared Reynolds Street. That's about ten blocks or so. The tourists returned and so did the golf carts, motor scooters, and Conch Trains and Trolley Cars. I remember driving down Duval Street where I observed more tourists not wearing masks than those who wore them even though mask wearing is required to enter any business. 

Because the Covid 19 pandemic is raging out of control across the country and especially in Florida, the City of Key West adopted an emergency directive for a curfew in order to avoid a public health emergency during the New Year's holiday.

The directive reads: “Commencing on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 10 p.m. and terminating on Sunday, January 3, 2021, at 6:00 a.m., a curfew is hereby imposed for the City of Key West, effective from 10 p.m. each night through 6 a.m. the next morning. All non-essential businesses shall close on or before 10 p.m. each night. Persons shall be in their residences or lodging establishments no later than 10:30 p.m. each night. During the period of such curfew, no person shall make use of any street or sidewalk for any purpose, except police, fire rescue, first responder, medical, health care, media, and utility repair service personnel.”
The curfew will not apply to: people returning directly to their homes from work at essential establishments or going directly to work at essential establishments from their homes; people making deliveries from essential establishments; people walking their dogs within 250 feet of their residences; and those traveling to or from any religious service. 

Comments (7)

Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Honestly, it seems like waiting until December 31 to impose a curfew after 10 pm - is a waste of energy - if it is important enough to impose a curfew why wait 27 days? 

Dec 04, 2020 07:04 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Staying safe, smart, healthy, and happy is all we can really want for right now. Be well!

Dec 04, 2020 07:05 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Gary - it looks as if this New Year's celebration(s) will be greatly reduced.  

Dec 05, 2020 02:48 AM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

Anything to try to be safe I guess. No way to celebrate New Year to be too close to one another, sad to say, this is the norm worldwide I guess...

Dec 05, 2020 02:52 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Gary. Have to agree with Lise Howe. Covid does not heed dates! Enjoy your day! 

Dec 05, 2020 05:35 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

My thoughts were along the same line as Lisa above.  Put the Curfew on now to stop the spread

Dec 05, 2020 11:38 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Gary- I too have to agree with Lise Howe I do think that the typical New Year's Eve festivities would be a prime place for the spread of the virus but It seems to make sense to go ahead and impose it now. 

Dec 05, 2020 12:13 PM