Mask Ordinance Tightened

The Key West City Commission today amended the City’s mask ordinance in light of the current spike in Covid-19 cases.

After an in-depth discussion, the commission voted unanimously to remove an exemption that had allowed the removal of masks outdoors. The City now requires the wearing of masks any time a resident or a visitor steps out of their residence, they must wear a mask regardless of the ability to social distance

“We’re trying to regain control of our more crowded outdoor areas,” City Manager Greg Veliz told the commission.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the commission discussed creating mask zones for the busiest areas. However, City Attorney Shawn Smith said zoning would create a patchwork that could lead to inconsistency as well as creating a difficulty for enforcement.

To read the ordinance in its entirety, go to