In the wake of big venues and events like Miami's Ultra Music Fest being postponed amidst the growing number of coronavirus cases in Florida, festival-goers in the Sunshine State are stuck between being cautious and living their lives normally. So it might come as a breath of fresh air that the organizers of Sunset Music Fest in Tampa still seem optimistic for 2020, as they just released their second lineup. Woop Woop.
There is still plenty of time for officials to monitor the epidemic, as the festival is set to take place Memorial Day weekend on Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24 at the Raymond James Stadium north lot in Tampa.
Narcity spoke to an SMF representative who confirmed the fest is still a go at time of publishing, and we will update if more or different information becomes available.
The closure of Ultra Music Fest was enforced by Miami officials as a way to curb international travel and the potential spread of the virus. It is unclear at this time if Tampa officials have discussed postponing SMF.
So for now, it's business as usual, and ravers can still look forward to this event.
The second lineup was released yesterday, with big names from every genre of electronic music popping up on the roster. Stars like TroyBoi, NGHTMRE, and Slander will take the stage this year, with over 50 other artists also announced.
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Florida is looking to ease government-enforced COVID-19 restrictions as cases slowly continue to drop and vaccines are administered across the state.
Governor Ron DeSantis, in a press conference on Monday, issued an executive order that immediately suspends all current local COVID-19 restrictions, while also signing a bill that will prohibit local governments from enforcing COVID-19 emergency orders, including mask mandates and social distancing requirements, starting July 1.
On top of the new order, DeSantis also reinforced his ban on "vaccine passports," saying it is unnecessary to be "policing people at this point."
"If you're saying that, you really are saying you don't believe in the vaccines, you don't believe in the data," he said.
The Tampa Bay Times reports the order only prevents local governments from issuing COVID-19 restrictions, meaning local businesses and restaurants may still enforce restrictions such as mask mandates and/or social distancing precautions.