Much of the Florida Keys closed for Fourth of July weekend

Monroe County, the City of Key West, the City of Marathon, the City of Key Colony Beach and the Village of Islamorada announced all public parks and beaches will be closed for the Fourth of July weekend until Tuesday morning.

All bars are closed and restaurants will be limited to 50 percent capacity as per the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

The area in Islamorada known as the Fills from Mile Marker 77.5 to 79.8 and the Indian Key Boat Ramp area will also be closed. All parking areas will be closed to the public. No vehicles, picnicking, tents, chairs or other items will be allowed on the Fills area. Closure of the area will begin on Wednesday.

In some cases, direct road access to beaches or parks may be closed with residential access only.

All state parks in the Florida Keys will be closed for day-use on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Key Largo public boat ramps and the Village of Islamorada public boat ramps will be closed. Boat ramp access elsewhere in the Florida Keys could be further limited going forward this week. Expect visitor access to boat ramps to be very limited or in some cases closed. Check www.monroecountyem.com/covid-19 for additional information.

Most public firework displays have been canceled, including Key West’s and Key Largo’s large fireworks displays.

Additionally, Key West is also prohibiting vehicle traffic on most of Duval Street for the Fourth of July weekend. Mallory Square in Key West will also be closed.

This is historically one of the busiest week’s and weekends for the Florida Keys. The Sheriff’s Office and our law enforcement partners will continue to monitor traffic closely this weekend and work as we do every Fourth of July to keep everyone safe. That means Traffic Enforcement Deputies will be on the roadways watching for impatient and unsafe drivers as will our Marine Units will be on the water. We will be working closely with the FWC, FHP and KWPD as well as Key Colony Beach Police and our federal partners with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Please contact your local municipality or their website/social media for the latest in Fourth of July event news and www.monroecountyem.com/covid-19 for updates.