Florida Classifies Professional Sports ‘Essential’ During Coronavirus Pandemic

If people were unhappy with Arizona’s decision to consider golf an essential activity during the coronavirus pandemic, the decision in Florida will really get them worked up. In a memo from Jared Moskowitz, state coordinating officer for the Florida Division of Emergency Management, professional sports were deemed “essential activities.”

The ruling gained attention after WWE decided to return to live shows at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida with no fans.

In fact, because of the ruling, live sports could be held in Florida as long as there are empty arenas.

“Employees at a professional sports and media production with a national audience — including any athletes, entertainers, production team, executive team, media team and any others necessary to facilitate including services supporting such production — only if the location is closed to the general public,” the memo said.


The coronavirus outbreak has led to the cancellation or postponing of many large events including The Masters, NCAA Tournament, Coachella, SXSW, the Winter X Games, Stagecoach, Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and more. The NBA, NHL, and MLS have temporarily suspended their seasons.

The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).

The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.

While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 23,600 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.

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