OK, spoke with our Key West gay hotel. I like to take immediate action when possible, when an issue arises.
Masks are recommended in Key West, and can be required indoors at places of business and public gatherings. Just like here. The sailboat sunset cruises continue (we want to take our friend on one), and all the places we like are open.
Our plans for over a week there in early October are not derailed. Naturally further developments with the virus, since our Republican, Trump-dependent Governor who’s seemingly determined to make Florida a coronavirus epicenter, will be the ultimate decider. But if cancellation happens we lose no money, our entire $800 deposit returned.
Nor does our gay friend lose any money. He only pays $25 a night when he shows, taking the upstairs queen bed in our duplex suite. $25 a night in Key West, right on Duvall Street, with unlimited free drinks at their poolside bar, naked gay bois all around him, even at the bar itself - I’m not sure how it can get much better.
Actually, Key West when deserted is more lovely than ever. More like when I first went there in 1973 by motorcycle, at that time a kinda hippie artists' colony, not unlike Provincetown, Cape Cod was back then. No huge cruise ships docking, disgorging thousands of uncouth red-neck tourists to despoil the local flavor.
We experienced that 2 years ago, right after Hurricane Irma had severely damaged the Middle Keys and their roads, blocking them. We phoned to our Key West friends, who let us know as soon as KW was open, and the roads passable.
We had the place to ourselves. No ignorant Republicans from a Red state, saying behind our backs on the sidewalks, but loud enough to hear: “Look, there’s some of those queers they have down here.”
Yeah, we had that happen to us. Or sitting on our balcony overlooking Duval street, and hearing from the sidewalk: “That’s where the homos all stay. They have those rainbow flags so other queers go there for sex with them."
We came to KW right after Irma and had the place to ourselves. Helped the local economy revive, and experienced the rustic, quiet Key West I once knew, as it was before the tourist explosion.
Perhaps we will again this October. Time will tell how this plays out.