Most people who contract the virus won’t face anything worse than a fever, body aches, and a dry cough, but the elderly and immunocompromised are at risk of more severe, potentially life-threatening symptoms. Social distancing and self-isolation are not only for the benefit of the healthy, but also for the sake of those who are most vulnerable.
Therefore, this list is compiled as a resource to track how long certain services around Tampa will be closed or postponed, not as an endorsement to locate any events that remain open.
|Government & Education||Status|
|Lettuce Lake Conservation Park||Closed|
|Hillsborough County Governmental Meetings||Closed until April 13|
|Hazardous Household Waste Collection||Closed|
|Hillsborough County Libraries||Closed|
|The Florida Aquarium||Closed through March|
|The Glazer Children’s Museum||Closed through March|
|Henry B. Plant Museum||Closed through March|
|MOSI||Closed through March|
|St. Petersburg Grand Prix||Cancelled|
|Tampa Bay Lightning Season||Postponed|
|Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training||Postponed|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||Postponed|
|Entertainment & Leisure||Status|
|15th Annual Taste of South Tampa||Postponed|
|Art Garfunkel Concert||Postponed|
|Bands on the Bay 2020||Postponed|
|Bay Area Renaissance Festival||Cancelled|
|Busch Gardens||Closed through March|
|Country in the Park||Cancelled|
|Florida Orchestra||Closed through April 5|
|Florida’s Largest Home Show||Postponed|
|Gasparilla Film Festival||Postponed|
|Kenny Chesney Concert||Postponed|
|River O’ Green Fest||Postponed|
|Tampa Bay Airfest 2020||Cancelled|
|The Straz Center||Closed through April 19|
|Universal Orlando||Closed through March|
Safe Activities During Self-Isolation
It’s understandable that staying cooped up inside your home is not an ideal situation to remain in for longer than a few weeks. There are a few safe activities which can be conducted from within the home, or spread-out from others with minimal opportunities for contact.
1. Take Advantage of the Internet
Connecting with others via social media or communication services such as Skype, FaceTime, or Discord can be a perfect, cost-effective way to stay in touch with family and friends, or even make new connections with like-minded people. There are even services that allow you to play board games with others online!
Have you always wanted to catch up on a particular book series, or learn a new skill? Many websites offer free trials for online lessons in a huge variety of topics, from painting to bartending to new languages.
Are your children out of school? Take advantage of your time at home and engage with their interests. If they love playing a particular video game, ask if you could join them. They would be thrilled to teach you, and you could bond in a way that they’ll appreciate.
2. Go for a Drive
Even if you can’t come into contact with other people, sometimes going for a drive around town can instill a bit of normalcy and a renewed sense of freedom. Go for a drive down Bayshore and admire the sunset, or roll through Hyde Park and count the number of dog walkers or point out the most beautiful bungalows.
Some families across America are starting up a new initiative to set up their Christmas lights, to help bring some joy and color to the COVID-19 pandemic. If families around your neighborhood are putting their lights up, you could go for a drive to admire them from the safety of your vehicle!
3. Spend Some Time Outside
Densely populated areas or events should be avoided as much as possible. Some outdoor areas, such as parks or nature preserves, can be a safer place to visit and stretch your legs, as contaminants are much less likely to be unavoidable as they may be in crowded areas.
Always be sure to check the schedule and status of local nature parks around Hillsborough or the surrounding counties. Some remain open, but others are closed. If you arrive at a park which appears crowded, use your best judgement and determine whether you can safely traverse the park without any risk of contact with others.
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