Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced the cancellation of several sporting, family and entertainment events Tuesday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I have decided to suspend the operation of the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair, the Miami Open tennis tournament, the MIA 5K run, and all major events at the American Airlines Arena. The March 22 NASCAR race at the Homestead Miami Speedway is postponed at this time,” said Gimenez in the statement.
The Miami Open released its own statement supporting the decision. Tournament officials will reach out to ticket holders regarding refunds. The statement added that they “look forward to welcoming everyone back to Hard Rock Stadium for next year’s Miami Open, March 22 – April 4, 2021.”
The Miami Youth Fair topped its website with the announcement and stated it will reschedule for the fair for later this year. It is also working on a refund policy regarding current ticket holders.
Homestead Miami Speedway has yet to release a statement or comment.
Although we don’t have community spread cases of COVID-19 at this time, we want to take the preemptive steps to keep it that way. That’s why I’m canceling several public events, including the @MiamiYouthFair. For a more complete list click here: https://t.co/RMsDREUsHD pic.twitter.com/w0PoWauCMZ
— Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez (@MayorGimenez) March 12, 2020
Miami-Dade County officials have a created sign-up system for emergency alerts, where residents can stay up to date with information and resources and have a webpage dedicated to the novel coronavirus issue.
Individuals who think they might have contracted or have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, should call the Florida Department of Health at 305-324-2400.