Amendment Allows Increased Occupancy

The City of Key West has amended Directive 2020-07, which aligns with Governor Ron DeSantis’s executive order extending and modifying orders to allow certain types of businesses to reopen and allowing certain types of businesses currently open to expand their services.

The amendment allows already opened non-essential retail businesses to increase their currently allowed occupancy load from 25 percent to 50 percent of their building occupancy. This includes museums and libraries.

These businesses are required to have procedures for employees to sanitize frequent touch points throughout the day. It also requires temperature screenings and evaluations of employees as well as requiring alcohol-based hand sanitizers for use by customers and employees.

The amendment also allows restaurants to increase the occupancy load from 25 percent to 50 percent, while requiring they monitor entrances and exits to ensure they do not exceed the limited occupancy loads. It reiterates the requirements for social distancing, and requires the business provides hand sanitizer for customers and employees. Bar seating remains closed, and self-serve food stations must remain closed.

Restaurants must remove all unnecessary, frequently touched items like service menus. Disposable menus are encouraged and must be thrown away or recycled after each use. Menus can be displayed if they cannot be handled by the customers.

The detailed directive includes an important list of procedures within the establishments to address methods of sanitation, screening workers, prohibiting gatherings and much more. The amended directive is available at www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov.