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Checkpoints Leading into the Florida Keys Are Coming Down

FLORIDA KEYS — Checkpoints leading into the Florida Keys are coming down two months after being set up to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

The checkpoints, being removed early Monday, were put into place in March to keep tourists from entering the chain of islands in an effort to blunt the outbreak.

More than 18,750 cars from the mainland were turned away because drivers did not present the proper paperwork that showed they either worked or lived in the Florida Keys, said Kristen Livengood, a county spokeswoman.

With four deaths attributed to COVID-19, the Florida Keys has had about 110 coronavirus cases, and more than 20 of those are from a nursing home on Plantation Key, according to the Miami Herald.

But officials are warning residents to keep up their vigilance as the Florida Keys reopens to visitors.

“As we ready to reopen, remember: when in public, stand 6 feet apart and wear a mask!” the Key West Police Department tweeted.

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