Three weeks ago, the Florida Keys had an empty feeling. Shops were shut. Restaurants had a few locals. And two checkpoints blocked tourists from entering the island chain. The COVID-19 rate also was low. With visitors shut out, Keys leaders hoped the virus would be, too.
Fast-forward to now, and many tourists are back. They’re spreading out on the beaches, filling the restaurants — at least to the new limited capacity — and strolling Duval Street.