There will be no New Years celebration at the Floridian Social Club. The event, along with everything else on the venue’s schedule until January 3, has been canceled due to the upsurge in Covid-19 cases.
“We were so looking forward to celebrating the New Year with all of you, but with the increasing number of cases among our staff and guests, we believe this is the most responsible and safest decision,” said the Florida management on the club’s Facebook page, stating that the decision has been made regarding the health and well-being of our guests, staff and the community. “
The Floridian, which opened in February after a long delay caused by Covid, offers music six nights a week, as well as special events. Tonight’s Holiday Comedy Show, which featured in the Catalyst on Tuesday, has also been canceled.
“If you bought a New Year’s Eve ticket, refunds will be made,” the Facebook notice read. “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and hope we can celebrate together soon.”
The New Year’s Eve show, starring Shannon Magrane and the Magrane Train Band, had been sold out for two months, Florida owner Kevin Chadwick said. “In the last couple of days some guests have started canceling,” Chadwick said. “And then the people we know got this new strain of Covid. So we started to pay attention.
“And by the number of conversations with our clients, staff and management, we knew the right thing to do was put no one in danger and shut down the theater, unfortunately. But I prefer to shut it down for a day or two so that everyone can be healthy the rest of the year.
At the American Stadium, the Sunday and Tuesday performances of Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol were canceled “for an issue unrelated to Covid,” the theater reported. The holiday show is scheduled to resume with performances scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. today.
Tampa’s Jobsite Theater has pushed back the opening date for its next production Romeo and Juliet, one week, “in response to ongoing health and safety issues”. The play will debut with previews on January 19 and 20.