Coronavirus: Florida Keys closed to tourists starting Sunday 

Florida Keys closed to tourists starting March 22 due to COVID-19

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. — The lowest southern portion of the continental United States -- the Florida Keys -- will be closing Sunday amid fears of the new coronavirus.

The chain of islands, connected by a single highway and a series of bridges, will take the unprecedented move to close to tourists for two weeks, WWSB reported.

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The order will be reevaluated after that time.

Hotels, short-term and vacation rentals were asked to stop taking reservations; visitors must leave by 6 p.m. Sunday. The exception is for long-term renters with contracts of 28 days or more, WWSB reported.

There are no confirmed cases in Monroe County, which includes the Keys.

FILE PHOTO: The lowest southern portion of the continental United States -- the Florida Keys -- will be closing Sunday to tourists amid fears of the coronavirus.
FILE PHOTO: The lowest southern portion of the continental United States -- the Florida Keys -- will be closing Sunday to tourists amid fears of the coronavirus. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)