Many events and activities in the Lakeland area are being canceled due to coronavirus. This is being done as a precaution in accordance with government recommendations to prevent further spread of the disease.

We are doing our best at Lakeland Mom to keep our calendar updated and provide you with useful resources. Below is a list of existing closures, cancellations, and links to check sources for more information. We are monitoring ongoing event cancellations and updates in Lakeland and Central Florida and will add to this list.

**For the time being, we are no longer tracking or updating business closures. Please call first to find out if a business is open.**

Also visit our list of 100+ Indoor & Outdoor Activities to Enjoy at Home, Outdoor Activities in Lakeland where you can Avoid People, and visit our Coronavirus page for additional articles we think might be useful to you as we try to navigate this strange time.

ARTICLE LAST UPDATED: 3/17/20

New Updates Starting 3/17

The information in this section is NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS starting on 3/17/20. All other original information from 3/12 – 3/16 is listed below.

Polk County Schools – On March 17, Governor DeSantis announced that Florida school closures are extended through April 15. (Originally March 16-27). Check with Polk County Schools (website) for additional updates and any announced eLearning plans.

City of Lakeland – The Parks & Recreation Department will close the Main Library, Larry Jackson Branch Library, eLibrary, Simpson Park Community Center, Kelly Recreation Complex, Coleman-Bush Building, Gandy Pool, Lake Mirror Complex, and the Splash Pad at Barnett Family Park the end of the day Tuesday, March 17 for 30 days or until further notice. Source

The Polk Museum of Art – Closed to the General Public until further notice. Spring Break Camp has been canceled. Source

Mayfaire-by-the-Lake – Postponed until further notice. Source

Polk County Resource Centers – Closed for 30 days beginning March 18. Source

Circle B Bar Reserve – The indoor Exhibit Hall at Circle B Bar Reserve is closed. The use of the Workshop is restricted and all tram tours and events are canceled for the next 30 days. Circle B Bar Reserve trails will remain open. Source

City of Winter Haven – City of Winter Haven has suspended all athletic activities, special events and city facility rentals with more than 50 people now through May 9. They have also canceled library events, programs and classes until May 9th. A full list can be found on their website. Source


New Updates 3/14 – 3/16

School Lunches will be provided March 17-20. Click here for a list of locations and details.

Spring Break Camps – We are staying in touch with the camps listed in our Spring Break Camp Guide and will update it accordingly. Please contact camps directly if you are already enrolled in a camp for spring break.

City of Lakeland Spring Break Camp – CANCELED. Also – Parks & Recreation facilities are NOT open for public daycare/camp while Polk County Public Schools are closed for COVID-19 and Spring Break.  (This is a rumor that has been circulating)

Bok Tower Gardens – Bok Tower Gardens is closed through April 2, 2020. Source

Explorations V Children’s Museum – They will be closed to the public March 16-27. Tax prep appointments are not affected and will continue. Spring break drop off camps are still scheduled for March 23-27 with increased cleaning procedures and extra precautions. Follow their Facebook page for additional updates.

Florida Air Museum at the Aerospace Center / SUN ‘n FUN – Closed until further notice. Source

Mulberry Cultural Center – Closed. Source

Mulberry Phosphate Museum – Closed. Source

School Information for Polk County

Polk County Public Schools – Closed March 16 – April 15
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PCPS works closely with the Florida Department of Health, and will follow the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC. They have a dedicated page on their website where you can find updates.

  • School Closed – Polk County Schools has announced that schools will be closed from March 16 – 27. This was announced in a press conference on Facebook. Our Spring Break was originally scheduled from March 23 – 27. On March 17, Governor DeSantis announced that Florida school closures are extended through April 15. Check with Polk County Schools (website) for additional updates and any announced eLearning plans.
  • All state assessments (FSA & EOC’s) have been canceled for this school year.
  • Lunches will be provided at specific locations March 17-20. Click here for more details.

The Schools of McKeel Academy
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McKeel Academy of Technology, South Mckeel Academy, and McKeel Academy Central will all be closed from March 16 – April 15. 

All upcoming school affiliated field trips, air travel, or otherwise have been canceled effective tomorrow, March 13, 2020, for the remainder of the school year. This also includes all local day trip excursions, A+ student reward events and MAT Prom. Check the school website and emails for additional updates.

Private Schools
To our knowledge, all private schools are also closed. Check directly with your school for information.

Grocery Store Changes

Publix Stores – Open but will be closing nightly at 8pm to allow time for cleaning and restocking. Source

WalMart Stores – Changing hours to 6am-11pm to allow time for cleaning and restocking. Source

Lakeland Area Event Cancellations

We are doing our best to keep our calendar updated. Canceled events in Lakeland and Polk County will remain on our calendar and be marked as canceled/postponed so you can verify their status. A list of canceled events is below.

ALL events on our calendar link to the host’s website or Facebook page, please check with all event organizers directly for last minute changes for any activities still listed on our calendar.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Lakeland Magic Games – As the G-League Affiliate of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, the Lakeland Magic season has been postponed. Tickets already purchased for a postponed game will be honored when the game is rescheduled. If games are not played or played in an empty-arena, fans will have the option to receive a credit for a future game or a refund. Ticket and future schedule information will be announced. Source

Detroit Tigers Spring Training – Major League Baseball has announced Spring Training games have been canceled and Opening Day will be delayed by at least two weeks due to the coronavirus epidemic. Source

Florida Tropics Games – The MASL has canceled remaining games this season. Source

Downtown Lakeland – All LDDA events are being postponed until further notice. This includes the Farmers Market, Sugarbuzz Festival, Music Munndays, First Friday. Check their Facebook Page for updates. Source

Home Depot Workshops – All Kids Workshops are canceled nationwide until further notice. Source

Lowe’s DIY Workshops – All workshops are canceled for the foreseeable future, including the Lowe’s DIY Kids’ Workshops previously included on our calendar.  Source

RP Funding Center – The State Science Fair has been canceled. Check website for additional changes to their event schedule. Source

SUN ‘n FUN Fly In – Postponed to May 5 – 10, 2020. Source

Lakeland Public Library – All library programs and events for youth and adults will be canceled beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.  The library plans to resume regularly scheduled programming as of Monday, April 13, 2020. (Main Library, eLibrary, Jackson Branch Library)

City of Lakeland – The City is keeping a running list of closures as well as city-related emergency management information. Visit their website for updates.  Source

City of Winter Haven – Most community events have been canceled or postponed through April 18. Visit their website for updates. Source

Polk County GovernmentSource

Additional Local Closures

Bok Tower Gardens – Bok Tower Gardens is closed through April 2, 2020. Source

LEGOLAND Florida – The Resort and Waterpark will be closed from Monday, March 16th 2020 through Tuesday, March 31st 2020. Source

Explorations V Children’s Museum – They will be closed to the public March 16-27. Tax prep appointments are not affected and will continue. Spring break drop off camps are still scheduled for March 23-27 with increased cleaning procedures and extra precautions. Follow their Facebook page for additional updates.

College Closures and Schedule Changes

Florida Southern College – Beginning online classes only starting March 14 through estimated April 15. All sports and extracurricular activities are also canceled. Students have been encouraged to reuturn home during this time. Source

Florida Polytechnic University – Florida Poly is moving to a mandatory two-week period of remote instruction beginning Monday, March 16. All University events are canceled beginning Friday, March 13 and continuing through at least March 30. Source

Southeastern University – Effective Tuesday, March 17, all face-to-face instruction will transition to remote delivery. Our current plan is to begin face-to-face instruction again on Monday, April 13. The campus will remain open during this period Source

Polk State College – Polk State College is suspending all instruction including face-to-face, online, and hybrid classes starting Monday, March 16, 2020, until Monday, March 30, 2020, when the College reopens from spring break. Source

Cancellations in Central Florida (Theme Parks, Sports, Events)

Orlando Magic Games – The NBA Season has been indefinitely postponed for all teams. Orlando Magic Statement: “Tickets already purchased for a postponed game will be honored when the game is rescheduled. If games are not played or played in an empty-arena, fans will have the option to receive a credit for a future game or a refund. Fans can log on to OrlandoMagic.com where ticket and future schedule information will be announced.” Source

Tampa Bay Lightning Games – “The Tampa Bay Lightning will not be playing games until the NHL, along with government and health officials, decide the timing is right to return to the ice.” Source

Tampa Bay Rays – Major League Baseball has announced that Opening Day will be delayed by at least two weeks due to the coronavirus epidemic. In addition, Spring Training games have been canceled. Source

NCAA Basketball Games – NCAA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournaments have been cancelled (March Madness – was scheduled in Tampa). Source

Amalie Arena (Tampa) – Events and concerts are being handled case by case. Check their website for more information on specific events. Source

Amway Center (Orlando) – Events are being handled case by case. Check their website for more information on specific events. Source

Disney World – Theme Parks will close from March 16 – 31. Disney Hotels and Disney Springs will remain open until further notice. Source

Universal Studios Orlando – Theme parks will close from March 16 with no announced reopening date, (likely end of March – will continue to evaluate). Universal Orlando’s hotels and Universal CityWalk will remain open.  Source

Sea World & Busch Gardens – Theme Parks will close from March 16 – 31. Source

CLOSED – The Glazer Children’s Museum, MOSI – Museum of Science and Industry, the Florida Aquarium, ZooTampa at Lowry Park, Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Additional Sources for Information

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
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The CDC Website is a great resource for learning more about COVID-19 including How it Spreads, Symptoms, Prevention & Treatment, What to Do if You are Sick, and other FAQs. This is a federal agency providing information for the entire US and is the best resource for accurate information.

Florida Department of Health
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The Florida Department of Health is monitoring all confirmed and presumptive cases of Coronavirus in Florida. Their Call Center number is (866) 779-6121. Available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight. You can also email COVID-19@flhealth.gov with your questions.

Polk County Health Department
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The Polk County Health Department, part of the Florida Department of Health, also has a dedicated phone line to answer your questions about Coronavirus in Polk County. Call 863-519-7911 Monday-Friday 8 am – 5 pm.

Lakeland Regional Health
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Lakeland Regional has a list of FAQ’s about coronavirus, as well as a helpful article for parents and caregivers – Talking to Your Kids and Adolescents About Coronavirus. While there are not currently any cases of coronavirus in Polk County (at time of publishing), they are making preparations for any future cases and are working with the Department of Health to take necessary precautions to keep our community healthy.

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