WHAT IS COVID-19?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Because it is a new virus, scientists are learning more each day. Although most people who have COVID-19 have mild symptoms, COVID-19 can also cause severe illness and even death. Some groups, including older adults and people who have certain underlying medical conditions, are at increased risk of severe illness. COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. Cases of reinfection with COVID-19 have been reported but are rare. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes.
COVID-19 spreads very easily from person to person. How easily a virus spreads from person to person can vary. The virus that causes COVID-19 appears to spread more efficiently than influenza but not as efficiently as measles, which is among the most contagious viruses known to affect people.
For more information about how COVID-19 spreads, visit the How COVID-19 Spreads page to learn how COVID-19 spreads and how to protect yourself.”
For more details, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
WHAT ARE THE TESTING OPTIONS FOR COVID-19?
There are two types of tests that can inform whether a person has SARS-CoV-2:
- A viral test can alert an individual who if they have a current infection
- An antibody (serology) test might decipher if an individual had a recent, past infection
A PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test for COVID-19 is currently considered the gold standard in testing and able to provide the most accurate results to diagnosis people who currently are infected COVID-19. PCR tests may be administer using a sterile swab up the nostrils or within the mouth, depending on the testing site.
Within the Village of Key Biscayne, there are several testing options: The Village of Key Biscayne has partnered with Curative Inc. to offer a COVID-19 testing kiosk at the southeast corner of the Village Green (by the public restrooms) and mobile testing van in Calusa Park.
The kiosk and van are operational from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., six days a week (Monday through Saturday). These sites offer oral-fluid swab testing to test for COVID-19. The self-service kiosk and van allow individuals to conduct the oral swab themselves for a more comfortable and painless experience. The sample collection process can be viewed here.
Curative offers patients this complimentary service that is billed via the individual’s health insurance or subsided by the federal CARES Act. Patients can sign-up for testing in advance by visiting the Curative website or on-site.
Additionally, drive-through testing at the Key Biscayne Community Center remains available 2-days per week by appointment only and is self-pay. The COVID-19 self-pay cost at the drive-through testing is $85 and registration is available on the Key Biscayne Community Foundation website. Dates are subject to change, please confirm your date and time when making your appointment.
Additional testing options include the Baptist Health Urgent Care Express located at 240 Crandon Blvd. Suite #110; CVS Pharmacy located at 726 Crandon Blvd; and Ethos Wellness Pharmacy, located at 260 Crandon Blvd C33.
For information about testing options throughout Miami-Dade County, visit the COVID-19 Testing Site Finder.
IS THERE A CURE FOR COVID-19?
Currently there is no cure for COVID-19. If you believe that you may have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or you are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, please call your doctor or local medical office.
IS THERE A VACCINE FOR THE COVID-19?
Yes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved several vaccine options to be used in the United States.
- On December 11, 2021, the FDA issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (Pfizer) Vaccine. This vaccine requires two doses, 21 days apart.
- On December 18, 2021, the FDA issues emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Moderna COVID-19 (Moderna) Vaccine. This vaccine requires two doses, 28 days apart.
- On February 27, 2021, the FDA issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Janssen COVID-19 (Johnsn & Johnson) Vaccine. This vaccine requires one dose. Note: On April 13, 2021, the FDA halted the distribution and administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to its link to rare and dangerous blood clots. This decision was reversed on April 23, 2021 upon further review by the FDA.
The Florida Department of Health offers “Know Before You Go” information as well as a list of state-wide distribution sites for those who wish to be vaccinated.
HOW CAN I KNOW WHO IS COVID-19 POSITIVE AND ABOUT LOCAL POSITIVITY RATES?
The Village of Key Biscayne does not receive personal information about infected individuals. When someone tests positive for COVID-19, they are advised to go through the process of contact tracing to understand how and where they contracted the virus. If they identify you as someone they may have exposed to the coronavirus, it is their responsibility to inform you.
For daily updates from the State regarding positivity rates and mortality rates, visit the COVID-19 Data Reports page.
WHAT IS THE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE INFORMATION FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA? ARE WE UNDER ANY EMERGENCY ORDERS?
On April 27, 2021, Gov. Ron DeSantis extended Florida’s state of emergency order for an additional 60 days.
For information about all of the state’s emergency actions related to the coronavirus pandemic, visit the Florida COVID-19 Resource Center.
WHAT IS THE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE INFORMATION FROM MIAMI-DADE COUNTY? ARE WE UNDER ANY EMERGENCY ORDERS?
Miami-Dade County, as a subdivision of the State, may supersede our rules and regulations, therefore, Miami-Dade County Emergency Orders must be adhered to. However, the County allows municipalities to be more restrictive, but not less restrictive, than what is in their Order. The Village of Key Biscayne has chosen, at times, to create further restrictions upon what is or is not allowed within the Village.
Miami-Dade County, which the Village of Key Biscayne is subject to, has issued Emergency Order 33-20, which includes:
1. The preceding recitals are expressly incorporated herein.
2. Emergency Orders 08-20, 10-20, 20-20, 24-20, 25-20, 29-20, 30-20 and 31-20 are cancelled.
3. a. Every retail and commercial establishment and any other establishment or facility (collectively, “establishment”) in Miami-Dade County is permitted to open, and remain open, provided that each such establishment:
i. complies with the facial covering requirements in Section 5 below, as amended;
ii. provides hand sanitizer for customers and employees or facilities for hand-washing;
iii. uses reasonable efforts to ensure that customers and employees on site maintain appropriate social distancing, as recommended by the current CDC guidance, particularly in checkout, pick-up, or take-out areas, and also in employee breakrooms and common use areas. Reasonable efforts may include, but are not limited to, marking floors at appropriate intervals or providing other visible systems to allow persons to maintain proper social distancing; and
iv. ensures that sick employees do not report to work.
b. In the event that an establishment is not in compliance with 3(a) above, the establishment shall immediately close until it has addressed its compliance issue(s). Before reopening, the owner or authorized agent of the establishment must comply with all of the following conditions:
i. Review this order, and take all necessary measures to come into compliance with the requirements of this order;
ii. Execute the attestation attached hereto as Exhibit B, demonstrating that the review has been completed and the required measures have been taken; and
iii. Submit the executed attestation by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Special Patrol Bureau/Incident Management Team, 1501 NW 79th Ave., Doral, FL 33126.
c. Each time that an establishment that has previously submitted an attestation pursuant to subparagraph (b) above is not in compliance with subparagraph (a) above or (d) below, such establishment shall close again. Before reopening a second or subsequent time, the owner or authorized agent of the establishment must submit a compliance plan to the County.
d. Restaurants and other food service establishments with seating for more than eight people shall close for on-premises dining between the start of the curfew as determined in Emergency Order 27-20 and 6:00 a.m. the next morning. Notwithstanding the foregoing, such establishments may operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery services, pick-up or take-out services. Employees, janitorial personnel, contractors and delivery personnel shall be allowed access to such establishments at all times.
e. Notwithstanding and controlling over anything to the contrary, restaurants and other food service establishments shall be permitted to have a minimum occupancy of 50 percent, and shall otherwise comply with social distancing requirements to the maximum extent possible. A restaurant or other food service establishment shall be allowed to operate at up to 100 percent capacity if the restaurant: (1) ensures 6 feet of distance between tables and (2) ensures that persons not actively eating or drinking are wearing facial coverings.
4. General Provisions:
a. The COVID Safety Guidelines (“Guidebook”) attached as Exhibit A is provided for information purposes only, and no provisions therein shall be binding on any individual or establishment.
b. Where social distancing is required, such social distancing requirements shall not apply to members of the same family, defined as an individual and spouse, domestic partner, parents, children, or legal guardians who reside in the same household, and inclusive of children whose custody is shared between two parents in different households.
c. Employers do not need to require a negative COVID-19 test before employees return to work. Employees who:
1. never develop symptoms can end isolation 10 days after testing positive.
2. developed mild symptoms can end isolation after 10 days if at least 24 hours have passed without a fever and other symptoms have improved.
3. developed severe symptoms may need to continue isolation for a full 14 days or longer.
5. a. All persons throughout Miami-Dade County shall wear a mask or other facial covering when in public, except as set forth in Section c below.
b. A mask or other facial covering shall comply with the recommendations of the CDC, as such recommendations may change from time to time. The current CDC guidelines recommend wearing a mask or facial covering that completely covers the nose and mouth, snugly fits the side of face, without gaps, has two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric. Current guidelines can be found at:
Persons should not utilize N95 rated masks, as those are critical supplies for health care workers, police, fire, emergency management, or other persons engaged in life/safety activities. Persons wearing facial coverings should review the CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines regarding safely applying, removing, and cleaning such coverings, which are found at:
c. Masks and other facial coverings shall not be required:
i. at or inside a private residence;
ii. inside a private automobile;
iii. at or inside any religious institution, without limitation, though voluntary usage of masks is encouraged;
iv. inside a hotel, motel, or commercial lodging establishment guest room, or inside any apartment;
v. of children under the age of two years;
vi. of persons who cannot wear a mask or facial covering due to an existing medical condition;
vii. of an individual who is hearing impaired or an individual who is communicating with an individual who is hearing impaired;
viii. where Federal or State safety or health regulations prohibit the wearing of facial coverings;
ix. of persons actively engaged in organized sporting competitions or activities, whether indoor or outdoor; facial coverings must be put on by athletes and other individuals standing on the sidelines of sports competitions;
x. of persons swimming or engaged in other activities which may cause the facial covering to become wet;
xi. while persons are actively eating, drinking, or smoking;
xii. while a person is receiving services which require access to that person’s nose or mouth;
xiii. if a person is outdoors, has a mask available, and is a minimum of 10 feet from any other person other than members of that person’s family, as defined above.
6. No group of 10 or more individuals shall gather on a public street, alley, public way, sidewalk, public park, or in any body of water (excepting persons on private boats). Where 10 or more individuals are separated by appropriate social distancing, no group shall exist.
7. This order does not affect or limit the operations of Miami-Dade County, any public utility, any municipality, the Miami-Dade County School District, or any State or Federal office or facility, except that such entities shall abide by the restrictions of any County, municipal, State or Federal emergency order, as applicable. Notwithstanding, no government facility, other than police, fire, medical, or emergency facilities, shall be open for public use during the time period any curfew is in effect; government employees and contractors may make use of public facilities without limitation during any curfew period.
8. This order does not limit the number of persons who may be physically present at any religious service. Persons attending religious services are urged, but are not required, to practice social distancing, such as keeping 6 feet between persons and limiting group size to that necessary to accomplish physical distancing.
9. Notwithstanding any other emergency order and section 33-28(D)(3) of the Code to the contrary, in both the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County, (a) the maximum daytime and overnight occupancy for short-term vacation rentals shall be up to a maximum of two persons per bedroom plus two additional persons per property not to exceed a maximum of ten persons.
10. After a tropical storm or hurricane warning has been issued, or after a declaration of a state of emergency due to a tropical storm or a hurricane, for all or part of Miami-Dade County: (i) hotels, motels or other commercial lodging establishments may allow in-person dining at on-premises restaurants without limitation and may exceed social distancing requirements or capacity limitations in ballrooms and meeting rooms for the purpose of temporary sheltering or other emergency response purposes, and (ii) any facility designated as a shelter pursuant to any state, county, or municipal emergency management plan, and any county or municipal facility being used for emergency management purposes, shall be exempt from social distancing requirements or capacity limitation and may allow in-person dining without limitation at such facility. These provisions allowing for the lifting of restrictions to address the community’s needs to respond to a tropical storm or a hurricane shall only be in effect for the duration of the declared emergency or hurricane or tropical storm warning unless terminated earlier by executive order.
11. The provisions of this order shall serve as minimum standards. Municipalities may impose more stringent standards within their jurisdictions.
12. This order shall expire upon the expiration of the existing Miami-Dade County State of Local Emergency, provided, however, that if such State of Local Emergency is extended, this order shall also be deemed to be extended for the duration of such extension order. This order may be cancelled earlier by action of the County Mayor.
13. This order shall be effective as of Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. The immediate implementation of this Order is necessary to protect public health and to minimize life-threatening infections.
14. This order shall be provided to all appropriate media consistent with the requirements of section 8B-7(2)(n) of the Code of Miami-Dade County.
WHAT HAS THE VILLAGE OF KEY BISCAYNE DONE TO PROTECT RESIDENTS? ARE WE CURRENTLY UNDER ANY EMERGENCY OR EXECUTIVE ORDERS?
On March 13, 2021, the Village of Key Biscayne declared a state of emergency for the Village.
As the situation related to the coronavirus pandemic has evolved, the Village has amended and ceased orders that are deemed no longer necessary. Click here for a full list of the Executive Orders.
Please note that the Village of Key Biscayne is subject to all Federal, State and County emergency orders. The Village may choose to be more restrictive, but not less restrictive, than what is in their Order. The Village of Key Biscayne has chosen, at times, to create further restrictions upon what is or is not allowed within the Village.
IS THERE A CURFEW?
NO. The Village of Key Biscayne has issued an Emergency Order terminating the curfew on April 20, 2021.
Please note that there is still a Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, not related to COVID-19, in effect throughout Miami-Dade County. This ordinance makes it unlawful for any person under the age of 17 to linger, stay, congregate, move about, wander or stroll in any public place in Miami-Dade County, either on foot or in a vehicle during curfew hours. It is the responsibility of parents and legal guardians to ensure their children comply with the curfew.
What are the curfew hours? From Sunday night to Friday morning, the curfew applies between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. From Friday evening to Sunday morning, the curfew applies between midnight and 6 a.m.
For more information, visit Miami-Dade County's Juvenile Curfew Ordinance page.
HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PROTECT PEOPLES' CIVIL LIBERTIES IN THE FACE OF THESE ENCROACHING EMERGENCY ORDERS?
The Village is executing an abundance of caution to protect our community. We will continue to communicate Village-wide efforts and take necessary action to keep the Village of Key Biscayne safe and healthy.
Please remember that the core purpose of Emergency Orders is to preserve the safety of residents by minimizing potential contact with the virus. Please observe the Orders, and practice social distancing. These are the best actions we can take to protect ourselves and our neighbors.
SHOULD I WEAR GLOVES OR OTHER PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT?
Village Emergency Order 20-6 encourages wearing a facial covering outside of your home, so you should wear one. This Emergency Order requires wearing a facial covering when entering an essential business or conducting essential business, even if that essential business is outside, everyone must wear a facial covering. A facial covering may include a face mask, homemade mask, or other type of covering. View the current CDC guidelines about the proper use of facial coverings and learn how to make your own.
For the general public, CDC recommends wearing gloves when you are cleaning or caring for someone who is sick. In most other situations, like running errands, wearing gloves is not necessary.
The best way to protect yourself from germs when outside your home is to practice good hygiene: wash your hands often, don’t touch your face (eyes, nose, and mouth), clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (e.g., phones, credit cards, car doors and surfaces), AND maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.
HOW ARE YOU GOING TO ENFORCE SOCIAL DISTANCING AT ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES?
The Village of Key Biscayne enforces the following Orders and Advisories on social distancing and gathering, and we strive to educate everyone about the importance of social distancing.
Village of Key Biscayne Police Department is working with businesses to ensure effective social distancing measures are being taken. Customers can also practice social distancing in the following ways:
Practice social distancing yourself. This may mean waiting to enter a business, or waiting for space to clear between you and others.
Perform only needed shopping to minimize time spent outside your home.
Minimize the number of shopping trips to minimize exposure to others.
See Something, Say Something: Public safety is one of the core pillars of our community. We encourage you to join the Village in our efforts to keep Key Biscayners home and safe. If you see someone not practicing social distance, please report it to KBPD by calling (305) 365-5555.
Failure to follow Emergency Orders puts us ALL at greater risk.
WHAT IS THE KEY BISCAYNE COMMUNITY CENTER DOING FOR ITS MEMBERS REGARDING THEIR MEMBERSHIPS?
The Fitness Center, Pool & Basketball Courts are open for Members with pre-registration!
While the KBCC offers limited in-person options due to COVID-19, please take advantage of the many virtual activities below to keep yourself physically active, mentally stimulated and socially connected to your friends and neighbors!
Please call the Community Center Front Desk at 305-365-8900 for instructions on completing your membership.
Membership Categories (revised 11/18/2020 by Village Council Executive Order)
|Senior Couple (both 65+)||
|Family (4 members)||
*Note: Membership fees are subject to change. Annual memberships are not available at this time due to COVID-19.
ARE VILLAGE PARKS OPEN?
Yes. The Village Green and other neighborhood parks in the Village, including Beach Park, are open.
DO I HAVE TO WEAR A FACIAL COVERING IN PARKS OR AT THE FARMERS MARKET?
Yes. Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 21-20 requires facial covering in parks, as well as at marinas and golf courses. Village Emergency Order 20-6 encourages wearing a facial covering outside of your home, so you should wear one. This Emergency Order requires wearing a facial covering when entering an essential business or conducting essential business, even if that essential business is outside, you must wear a facial covering.
TO ADHERE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING, ARE SIDEWALKS JUST FOR WALKING OR ARE BICYCLES ALLOWED TO RIDE ON THEM TOO?
People riding bicycles on sidewalks are considered pedestrians according to Florida State Statute 316.2065(9), which states: “A person propelling a vehicle by human power upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, has all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances.”
Due to the narrow width of our sidewalks, we encourage everyone to use good manners in order to share the sidewalk—bicycle riders could ride along the sidewalk in a single-file line and alert other pedestrians that they are coming up behind or to the side of them, or go around other pedestrians on the grass.
HOW CAN I RECEIVE NOTIFICATIONS AND UPDATES?
Sign up at the links below:
- Village Alert Notifications: (Everbridge) Opt to receive a text message notification on your mobile phone from the Village Information and Notification System, including public safety or traffic alerts and information of special interest to the community.
- Village Connect (English): (Constant Contact) Receive Village Public Service Announcements (PSA) emails from the Manager's Office, including traffic/construction alerts, public notices, special events & meetings, and information of special interest to the community.
SHOULD I EXPECT UPDATED INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19 FROM THE VILLAGE?
A Village Connect email with COVID-19 updates is sent on Wednesdays along with other Village news. Should the need arise, the Village will send additional information via a "dedicated" Village Connect message to all residents who are registered to receive the newsletters.
QUESTIONS: HOW CAN I ASK QUESTIONS OR SHARE MY CONCERNS?
It's important that we know what you're thinking. We've set up a central email account email@example.com, where you can share your questions and concerns. We review all emails to identify issues or concerns that need to be addressed, which we then share with the entire community through Frequently Asked Questions.