Coronavirus closings and cancellations in the Tampa Bay area

Posted at 9:50 AM, Mar 12, 2020

As officials worldwide try to figure out how to combat coronavirus (COVID-19), closings and cancellations caused by the virus are having an impact here in the Tampa Bay area.




Hillsborough County:

  • Florida Southern postponing all 2020 Founders Day and homecoming weekend events
  • Tampa Prep closed until March 30
  • Hillsborough Community College will extend mid-term break through Sunday, March 29. Upon return, college events, activities and travel will remain canceled through Monday, April 6.

Pinellas County:

  • St. Petersburg College moves most classes online; extends Spring Break by two days

Polk County:

  • Southeastern University moves classes online until April 13

All Tampa Bay Area Counties:

  • Catholic Youth Sports suspended until further notice
  • Diocese of St. Petersburg Catholic Schools will be closed March 16-20

Florida Universities


Hillsborough County:

  • Bay Area Renaissance Festival's last two weekends canceled
  • Marriage ceremonies are canceled until further notice effective Wednesday
  • Tampa Bay Airfest 2020 at MacDill AFB canceled
  • LIT AF tour hosted by Martin Lawrence postponed, reschedule date to be determined
  • Don't Punish Pain Rally in Tampa canceled until further notice
  • 2020 New York Yankees Luncheon supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay canceled
  • Bern's Steak House suspends kitchen and wine cellar tours
  • Kenny Chesney postpones Tampa show, new date TBA
  • Cher postpones Tampa show, new date Sept. 8
  • Tampa Bay Airfest 2020 at MacDill AFB canceled
  • Tampa Pride 2020 has been postponed until May 30
  • Saturday Night Brawl IV at Tampa's Yuengling Center postponed, rescheduled date TBA
  • Straz Center suspends all events through April 19
  • Tampa Theatre suspends films, concerts, tours and special events through the end of March
  • Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library is canceling all programs, events, and meeting room use until April 13
  • Tampa Bay History Center closed until March 30
  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa postpones Hard Rock Event Center shows and Pool Parties until mid-April
  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will close all poker rooms in Florida at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Reopen date TBA.
  • Tampa Parks and Recreation closed until further notice
  • The Glazer Children’s Museum, Tampa Museum of Art, Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Henry B. Plant Museum and The Florida Aquarium closed until Sunday, March 29
  • Great Explorations Children’s Museum will temporarily close to the public through Saturday, March 28
  • Career Source Tampa Bay postponing all public services till further notice
  • American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb in Tampa at Bank of America Plaza postponed
  • Sparkman Wharf postpones all scheduled performaces until it is deemed appropriate to return to normal operations
  • Armature Works closing Monday, March 16 at 10 p.m. and will remain closed until further notice.
  • Hyde Park Village Art Fair postponed
  • TPA 5K on the Runway canceled

Pasco County:

  • City of New Port Richey postpones Chasco Fiesta

Pinellas County:

  • Palm Harbor United Methodist Church and schools are closed Thursday and Friday after a parent was exposed to a coronavirus patient, Sunday worship services are also canceled
  • All Pinellas County restaurants are ordered to stop selling alcohol by 10 p.m.
  • City of Pinellas Park cancels Chili Blaze and Country in the Park
  • 46th Annual Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival postponed, and may be canceled
  • 2020 Youth of the Year Breakfast Celebration postponed
  • 2020 Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival canceled
  • Brooker Creek Preserve and the Environmental Education Center cancels all programs, hikes, and events until further notice
  • City of Largo will be postponing large city events
  • Ruth Eckerd Hall postponing all performances, all education activities and events through Thursday, April 2 effective Sunday, March 15
  • Madeira Beach postpones large scale events
  • City of Clearwater suspends senior programs at city recreational facilities as of Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice
  • 29th Annual Pet Walk being converted to a virtual event
  • Wagon Wheel Flea Market closed through March 31
  • St. Patrick’s Day Block Party- Corey Avenue canceled
  • Corey Avenue Sunday Market canceled
  • Music in the Afternoon canceled
  • PAG Church Event canceled
  • Underwater Egg Hunt and Chalk It Up canceled
  • Sunrise Service canceled
  • Beach Goes Pop canceled
  • Museum of Fine Arts will temporarily close to the public, starting Saturday, March 14
  • St. Petersburg Museum of History will close temporarily and reopen Wednesday, April 1
  • The Dalí Museum will be closed through Tuesday, March 31
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium closed, plans to reopen on March 27 at 10 a.m.
  • City of Clearwater suspends swim lessons at all Clearwater recreation facilities as of Monday, March 16, until further notice
  • The St. Pete Beach Community Center, Aquatic Center & Public Library have been suspended until further notice
  • Little Explorers temporarily closed
  • City of Largo closes libraries and recreation centers through the end of March
  • City of Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Rocks Beach Homeowners Association — Beach Fest canceled
  • Sunsets at Pier 60 is cancelled until further notice
  • Ruth Eckerd Hall has suspended its programs through April 2
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium is closed to the public through at least March 27

Polk County:

  • Bok Tower Gardens closed until April 2
  • City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation facilities are not open for public daycare/camp while Polk County Public Schools are closed
  • City of Haines City closes all Parks & Recraetion facilities

Sarasota County:

  • Sarasota World Dance Festival postponed
  • Sarasota County Fair canceled
  • Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall suspends events through March 31, 2020
  • North Port Aquatic Center, Warm Mineral Springs Park, the Canine Club Dog Park, and the Scout House at Dallas White Park closed through April 30
  • Florida Studio Theatre closes its theatres, is hopeful o reopen with its Summer Mainstage Season beginning the first week of June

Manatee County:

  • Manatee County Cat Town closed to public March 20 – 24; Cat Yoga, an on-going, monthly class that was set to begin on Saturday, March 21, is postponed. MCAS will announce a new start date for the series next month.


  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island and SeaWorld Orlando will close through the end of the month, effective March 16
  • LEGOLAND® Florida Resort will temporarily close from Sunday, March 15 through March 31, 2020
  • The Glazer Children’s Museum, Tampa Museum of Art, Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Henry B. Plant Museum and The Florida Aquarium will be closed March 16 through March 29
  • Florida Aquarium closed until March 29
  • Mote Marine Aquarium closed to the public starting March 16 until further notice


  • Bed Bath and Beyond expected to close its stores on Monday until April 3
  • Lululemon stores closed through March 27
  • Westfield Brandon changing mall hours through Sunday, April 5 | Monday - Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sephora closing all stores through April 3
  • Men's Wearhouse closed through the end of March
  • Nordstrom closing all stores for 2 weeks
  • Bath & Body Works temporarily closing all stores
  • All three Macy’s, Inc. brands – Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Bluemercury – closed through March 31


  • All USF spring sports have been suspended indefinitely
  • All NCAA basketball conference tournaments canceled
  • XFL cancels season, vows to play full season in 2021
  • The Valspar Championship at Innisbrook has been canceled
  • Southeastern Conference suspends all athletic activities until at least April 15
  • Bucs cancel draft party scheduled for April 23


  • All gyms and fitness centers are ordered to be closed in State of Florida
  • Most face-to-face legal proceedings in the state courts will be suspended for a minimum of two weeks under a statewide order issued Friday afternoon by Florida Chief Justice Charles Canady. The order takes effect Monday.
  • Royal Caribbean, Norwegian suspending cruises
  • LA Fitness closing all clubs until April 1
  • Florida State Parks changing visitation hours to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; all events, activities, special event reservations, pavilion rentals and camping reservations at parks canceled for next 60 days
  • Bicentennial Pool, Fort Island Gulf and Hernando Beaches will be closed until further notice
  • Cross-Bay Ferry suspending service until further notice