Covid-19 Updates

The situation with Coronavirus is very fluid but we will try to keep you as informed as possible as to any changes here in the Keys. Since the start of this infection, we at Parmer's have taken extra disinfecting steps during our cleaning procedures.    We are very lucky to live in an area that is warmer, more humid and is less susceptible to viruses. Monroe County has set up a website that they are updating frequently. You can see it here.  We have understandably received cancellations and are trying to be flexible in our cancellation and credit options. If you currently have reservations where we were not able to accommodate your first choice on rooms we may be able to do so now. We do have 20 units with kitchens if you prefer to stay close. If we have any restrictions on welcoming guests or travel to the Keys, we will let you know immediately.  We are currently open!

Update September 22 - Happy Fall!

Our first cold front of the season and we are a very comfortable 84 degrees but definitely less humid. Don't laugh, it has been HOT this summer. Dolphin are moving out and tuna are moving in. Tropical storms all around but missing us. The quiet season has started and more relaxing of restrictions. Masks required inside businesses and where six feet of distance is not possible throughout Monroe County, including Key West. After six long months, bars can now reopen in Florida, yeah! Our schools have reopened, so please watch for buses.

Our numbers are still very low in the Keys and we have no restrictions or quarantines on visitors. Keep up the good work!

Update July 14

Time for a new update on the status of the Florida Keys. First, the weather and fishing have been great! A little hot but it is the middle of July. We had a guest catch a Tarpon right off the dock this week. How exciting!

Key West has implemented a mask policy that requires masks to be worn at all times, indoors or out. They may be removed only in your residence and while eating or drinking in a restaurant. Monroe County (the rest of the Keys except the cities) only requires masks inside, under roof and where social distancing of six feet is not possible. Please be sure to follow the policies or the local government will shut us down again.

Beaches, museums, activities and retail are all open with occupancy restrictions. Restaurants are open with inside and outside seating and 50% occupancy restriction. Bars and nighclubs are closed throughout all of Florida.

With the increase in cases in South Florida and the Keys, people are getting nervous. With Lobster Mini-Season coming up, there have been petitions circulating to cancel it this year. As this is a state event governed by Florida Fish and Wildlife, the state would need to make that call. The state has expressed multiple times that they do not want to do this as it would push the recreational lobstermen into the regular season (August 6th) which is exactly what they do not want to do. The county is meeting again tomorrow and will most likely pass a resolution to have restaurants shut down at 10 or 11 pm. The county can chose to close the public boat ramps. If that is the case, our boat ramp can handle boats up to 23 feet in length. The boat ramp at Cudjoe Marina can handle larger boats. We are watching closely for any changes. As always, our beach and boat ramp will remain open.

Update July 2nd Regarding 4th of July Holiday  

Beaches - Key West will close all city beaches starting at 5 pm on Thursday July 2, 2020 until dawn on Monday, July 6, 2020. Monroe County will close all parks and beaches on Thursday at 5 pm and reopen on Tuesday morning. State parks and beaches remain open at this time. We spoke with Bahia Honda State Park this afternoon (July 1) and they said they may not know until Friday if a closure happens. This includes Bahia Honda State Park and Fort Zach. Of course Parmer's Beach and our pool remain open for all of our guests.

Fireworks in Key West have been cancelled. Fireworks in Marathon have been cancelled. The Big Pine Key fireworks, usually on the 3rd, were cancelled. So the only fireworks for 4th of July will be private.

Public boat ramps in ONLY the upper Keys are being closed this weekend, none in the lower Keys. The ramp at Parmer's is a private ramp like our beach and the county can not close it. Looking forward to Lobster Mini-Season, there are a lot of questions on our status. Our beach is private and our ramp is private and will stay open to hotel guests. For boats too large to use our ramp, Cudjoe Gardens Marina can take any size boat and will stay open as a private marina. Our county commissioners have stated repeatedly that any shutdown of US1 will be as a result of marked increases in hospitalizations and not cases. Currently, there are three people hospitalized in all the Keys.

Update June 26th

What a great month we have had! It has been so nice to see everyone. Weather except the first weekend in June has been beautiful. Fishing has been great and so have all of you. Some new things that you may find helpful. Restaurants have reopened inside for full capacity. Bars (any place that derives 50% of their income from alcohol) were open but then the state closed them again today. Restaurants can still serve alcohol. Many watersports activities like dive and snorkel trips, sunset and dolphin cruises are all operating. Masks are required indoors and under roof throughout Monroe County. In Key West, masks are also required outdoors when you cannot have six foot separation.

Key West voted to cancel their 4th of July fireworks this year. Marathon will still have their fireworks but will close Sombrero Beach during that time.

Opening On June 1st! We Can't Wait!

Our goal is to make your stay here in the Keys as 'normal' as possible. We have had to make a few changes to comply with state and local regulations, some changes to keep you safe and some just for fun. For your safety, everyone has to stay six feet apart whenever possible. Good thing we have a lot of room here! When you are inside the public areas (lobby, guest laundry, vending room and dining room) we all need to wear a face covering. If you are eating or drinking in the dining room, you do not need to wear a mask obviously. If you are out on the property, you do not need to wear a mask since we will all be six feet apart.

Everything is open on the property except the aqua aerobics and the yoga classes. We are working on getting yoga back or moving to the beach or lawn for distancing. The aqua aerobics will be a while because of distancing and it can only take place in the pool.  But the pool is open daily from 8 am until dusk or 8 pm.  The beach is open.  Bocce, putting green and corn hole are all open.  Kayaks and paddleboards are available for rent, 8 to 4 daily.  All boat slips and fish cutting tables are open.  All hammocks, grills and Adirondack chairs are open.  Our staff has a vigorous schedule of disinfecting all these items. 

Breakfast will be available either as a grab and go, to take back to your room or to enjoy on the patio or in the dining room. Seating is limited in the dining room because of distancing. Everything will be individually wrapped and we are always available to put something together for you if you choose. We look forward to serving Seattle's Best Coffee, Bigelow Teas, Orange Juice, Milk, Muffins, Bagels, English Muffins, Cold and Hot Cereals, Fresh Cut or Prepared Fruit, Yogurts, and all the condiments needed. We are having some trouble getting eggs but are still working on it. Cookies can be picked up at the office or left in your room for your arrival.

Housekeeping is by request only as usual. We only ask that you allow us the time to schedule it and you may not be present when it is performed. We are using fogging disinfectant and vacate the room after spraying. All rooms now have cleaning supplies in the room for your convenience. Linen exchange is always available but can now be handled at your room instead of at the office.

If you prefer a contact-free stay, please let us know by the day prior to arrival. We can arrange an express check-in and express check-out. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call us.

As of Monday, May 18, 2020

We have gotten the word from the county that we can reopen on June 1st! We are so excited to see you all!

We will follow up with everyone that has existing reservations for June to let you know what our restrictions will be as we get more guidance from the county. We do not anticipate having to cancel any existing reservations for June.

As of Friday, May 15, 2020

Monroe County has opened to retail, restaurants, salons and charter fishing to all that are currently in the Keys. There are a lot of restrictions (masks indoors, no large groups, boats 50 feet apart, restaurants at 25% capacity indoors, everyone six feet apart, no bars or bar seating). We still have a roadblock up at the Monroe County line both on US1 and Card Sound Rd. They will turn away nonresidents unless they own property or have proof of contracts falling under the county determined guidelines of 'essential worker'. I have to say I hate that term.

We are working under the assumption that we will be open to tourists on June 1st and are working towards that goal. Through previous experience, we may not have a determination until right before that date but we have adjusted cancellation policies for the month of June to a 24 hour full refund. We also understand that your community, the airlines and local governments are making it very difficult to plan and will take all this into account should you need to cancel after that time. For those with reservations after June, we understand the uncertainty and are adjusting cancellation policies on a rolling basis.

We have started hosting those that are allowed in the Keys currently; state and federal workers, builders and more. We started with contactless stays, express checkin and checkout, no maid service, no food service, no pool, etc. We are using this time to see what services we can safely offer, gradually adding back services and implementing new procedures to keep you and us safe. Prior to June 1st, we will be able to tell you what we can do and any adjustments we have had to make for social distancing. We will find a way to get you your cookies!

We miss you all but hope everyone stays well and we will see you all very soon.

As of Friday, April 24, 2020

Monroe County has informed us that we should expect the closure of the Keys to visitors will last throughout May. Their decisions on lifting the checkpoint and allowing nonresidents will have a lot to do with the situation in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Our county is going to start a phased reopening of public areas and businesses over the next month and monitor progress daily.

Today we will be cancelling all reservations through May 31. We will contact everyone directly with this information to arrange for refunds, change of dates or open credits. For those with exisiting reservations beyond that date we understand the uncertainty and are adjusting cancellation policies on a rolling basis.

We will miss you all but hope everyone stays well and we will see you all soon.

As of Thursday, April 2, 2020

The State of Florida will enter a 30 Day Stay-At- Home Order today.  We still do not have any guidance from our County Commissioners but will have to assume that we will not be able to reopen until May 1, 2020.  They have placed a guard station at the top of the Keys to allow only residents, workers and first responders entry.  We last saw this after Hurricane Irma but of course our most famous blockade of the Florida Keys was 38 years ago that resulted in the founding of the Conch Republic.  A great true story can be found here.  

From what we have seen, most of the country seems to be already in a stay-at-home state or getting ready to do so. Let's all participate when possible to get rid of this thing soon and keep ourselves healthy. Reach out to your family, friends and neighbors by phone, email or across the street. After one week of not seeing everyone, we already feel the burden of social isolation. Be patient with each other, this event has touched us all and for some many times worse than others.

Today we will be cancelling all reservations through April 30. We will contact everyone directly with this information to arrange for refunds, change of dates or open credits. For those with exisiting reservations beyond that date we understand the uncertainty and are adjusting cancellation policies on a rolling basis.

We will miss you all but hope everyone stays well and we will see you all soon.

As of Friday, March 20, 2020

Monroe County Commissioners decided last night to order all tourists to leave the Florida Keys by Sunday, March 22 at 6 pm. All hotels, short-term rentals and RV parks must close for two weeks but this timetable will be reassessed daily. We are so sorry for the short notice and if we had any say in the matter, this would not be happening. All current and future guests that will be affected by this closure will be contacted directly. If the Florida Keys opens earlier, we will let you know but as of now we will cancel all reservations from March 22 to April 5th.

As of Thursday, March 19, 2020

There are no known Coronavirus cases in the Keys.

Key West Airport remains open. US1 was closed briefly today but only because Snake Creek Bridge got stuck in the upright position. Typical Thursday. Monroe County liquor stores, boat charters and restaurants remain open.

As of Wednesday, March 18, 2020

There are no known Coronavirus cases in the Keys.

We would like to give you an update on some closures we have heard about. All state and county beaches are open (reduced operations likely) but the city of Marathon has closed Sombrero Beach and city parks. The Key West Ferry Terminal closed to incoming passengers March 17, suspending operation of the Key West Express Ferry. In Key West, many museums have closed which has lead to the suspension of service for Old Town Trolley and the Conch Tour Train. Ferry and seaplane service to Dry Tortugas National Park is temporarily suspended. Looe Key and Strike Zone are both open for snorkel and dive trips to Looe Key. Big Pine Kayak is open for guided kayak tours. Restaurants throughout the Lower Keys remain open.

As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020

There are no known Coronavirus cases in the Keys.

The state has decided to limit public gatherings and ordered all bars and nightclubs to close as of 5 pm today for 30 days. Restaurants may remain open but at 50% capacity. The city of Key West has ordered all restaurants to close to seated guests. We have spoken with most restaurants in the Lower Keys (around us) and they are planning on being open to seated guests but at the 50% capacity. Of course, everyone has take out.

All large events on county property have now been cancelled at least through the next week. The City of Key West has closed Mallory Square during the traditional Sunset Celebration hours, the Southernmost Point, and Smathers Beach. The closures will be re-evaluated on a daily basis. All county beaches remain open.

We have heard of some closings of individual buisnesses and activities in Key West but we urge you to contact them directly.

Our gas stations and grocery stores all remain open. We have had some temporary shortages but our grocers are working hard to keep shelves stocked but have experienced an increase in shoppers.


Our office is open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. every day. For check-ins after 8 p.m., please contact us directly for late arrival procedures. We do have staff on-site for after hours emergencies.

We value your privacy and so have eliminated room phones and daily housekeeping is by request only at a small additional charge. Of course, fresh linens, coffee and room amenitities are always available through the office. More Here


Parmer's Resort
565 Barry Avenue, Little Torch Key, MM 28.5
Lower Florida Keys, FL, 33042
Phone: (305) 872-2157


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