Coronavirus Updates: Central Florida and Tampa Bay

By : Watermark Staff
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COVID-19, a new coronavirus, is dominating news coverage and social media these days, and with information changing and updating rapidly we want to make sure the local LGBTQ community is keeping up on the most up-to-date information when it comes to medical recommendations, organizational resources and business closures.

Below are links to the information we have, as well as some resources to keep an eye on. Please check back frequently as information is constantly updating and changing. Also, be sure to check in on those close to you who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 information

Florida Department of Health (FDoH) COVID-19 information

Orlando Health information

Tampa General Hospital information


Tampa Pride postponed

Manatee Pride postponed

Hope & Help’s AIDS Walk Orlando postponed

Southern Nights Orlando and Tampa announce temporary closures

Central Florida LGBTQ businesses announce closures

Florida shuts down bars and clubs for 30-day period

Enzian postpones Florida Film Festival

Equality Florida postpones 2020 St. Pete Gala

New Port Richey’s The Asylum announces permanent closure

KindRED Pride, One Magical Weekend, GayDayS still moving forward with June celebration

St Pete Pride 2020 still scheduled for June

Orlando Fringe’s 2020 Festival is cancelled

Central Florida drag queens to stream shows on social media

Tampa Bay entertainers stream performances amidst COVID-19 closures

Hamburger Mary’s Clearwater announces temporary closure

Tampa International Fringe Festival postponed

Florida halts on-site restaurant dining, alcohol consumption

Punky’s Bar and Grill suspends operations

Acclaimed playwright Terrence McNally dies at 81

Coronavirus concerns impact Central Florida and Tampa Bay

Help Watermark bring readers and restaurants/bars together

Enzian announces On Demand service as people self quarantine

Tampa Bay performers announce unofficial, digital Tampa Pride weekend

Metro Inclusive Health hosts virtual ‘Coping through COVID-19’ event

Tidal Wave Party first group to cancel June events in Orlando

Tampa Bay community champion Robert Barnum dies from COVID-19 complications

Equality Florida virtually honors Transgender Day of Visibility 2020

Come Out With Pride to host virtual event to benefit LGBTQ community

Ginger Minj and Gidget Galore perform as a part of Digital Drag Fest

Equality Florida virtually honors Transgender Day of Visibility 2020

Digital Showcase to stream live, benefit performers in Central Florida

Tampa Bay entertainers stream recurring virtual shows

North Pinellas Pride postpones Dunedin return

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