Updated April 9 at 4:50 PM EST

The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (BACVB) is committed to the safety of its visitors, partners and community. We ask that all visitors and locals of the Bradenton Area follow health and safety recommendations from health professionals and practice social distancing. We are monitoring the situation closely and are in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health. For conditions on the State of Florida, please visit the Florida NOW page on Visit Florida's website. 

The Centers for Disease Control has issued new face mask guidance and is asking Americans to wear masks when out in public. To learn more about face mask coverings, please visit the CDC's website

As of midnight on April 2, 2020 the State of Florida is under a stay-at-home order excluding the need of essential services.

As of April 3, 2020 Manatee County will impose a curfew from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

 

Beaches & Parks

Per Manatee County officials, Bradenton Area beaches are closed as of Friday, March 20, 2020 at 6:00 AM EST. Additionally, beach access will be restricted at Beer Can (Greer) Island as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Manatee County Parks and Recreation will close Rose Park, Blackstone Park, GT Bray Park and the western end (sandy beach area access) of Emerson Point Preserve to vehicle traffic. Otherwise Manatee County owned parks and preserves remain open for now and the public is encouraged to practice social distancing when out in public places. 

At the direction of Florida Governor DeSantis, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will close all Florida State Parks effective Monday, March 23, 2020. Please visit the Florida State Parks website for more information. 

All city and county public boat ramps will be closed as of Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 6:00 AM. The Town of Longboat Key will close its Linley Street public boat ramp.

Starting March 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. the Lake Manatee and Jiggs Landing Boat Ramps will be closed to motorized launch. Kayaks and canoes can continue to use the launch. The Jiggs Landing concessionaire will reduce daily hours beginning today 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Starting March 30, 2020, the City of Bradenton will close its Riverwalk skate park. All county tennis, pickle ball courts and skate parks are closed indefinitely.

 

Travel Restrictions

Per Executive Order 20-80 from Governor DeSantis, those who travel to Florida from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Louisiana must self-isolate for 14 days upon entering the state. 

As of March 28, 2020 all vacation rental properties must suspend their rental operations for 14 days. This does not include hotels, motels, long-term rentals or rental periods of 30 days or longer. 

 

Transportation

Beginning April 4th, 2020, all MCAT service will cease operations at 7 pm daily. Additionally, the Anna Maria Island Trolley and Route 3 serving the Manatee Avenue/State Road 64 corridor will both be reduced to 60-minute service frequency, Monday through Saturday. There will be no AMI Trolley service on Sunday until further notice.  The Longboat Key Shuttle will cease operation until further notice. Finally, the Skyway ConneXion service which connects Manatee County and Pinellas County will now operate on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only.  Effective immediately, it is important for MCAT riders to use the Transit/Trolley and Handy Bus systems only for essential trip purposes only, in accordance with Executive Order 20-91 issued by Governor Desantis. Riders with questions or concerns can contact MCAT at 941-749-7116.

 

Bars & Restaurants

Per Governor DeSantis' Executive Order, all bars and nightclubs in Florida will be closed for 30 days as of 5:00 PM on March 17, 2020. The Executive Order was updated on March 20, 2020 and states that on-premises consumption of food and alcohol in restaurants are suspended until further notice. Restaurants can continue to operate their kitchens for take out and delivery.

Follow our Dine Bradenton Instagram account for more information about delivery and take out options in the Bradenton Area.

 

Attractions & Events

Below is a list of Bradenton Area attractions that are closed at this time and events that have been canceled or postponed:

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Beach’N Food Truck and Music Festival (postponed)

Anna Maria Tuesday Farmers’ Markets (canceled indefinitely)

Art Center Manatee (closed)

Bradenton Area Convention Center (all events thru end of March 2020)

Bradenton Gulf Islands Concert Series - The Grass Roots (postponed)

Bradenton Riverwalk Music in the Park Series (postponed)

Coquina Beach Market (canceled indefinitely)

Downtown Bradenton Farmers Market (canceled indefinitely)

Desoto Grand Parade (canceled)

Ellenton Premium Outlets (closed)

Island Gallery West (closed)

Manatee County Agricultural Museum (closed)

Manatee County Courthouse (closed to the public March 18 – 31, 2020)

Manatee County Gov’t Facilities (closed to the public March 18 – 31, 2020)

Manatee Performing Arts Center (all performances suspended indefinitely) 

Manatee Village Historical Park (closed)

Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street (canceled April and May)

Neel Auditorium & Manatee Community Concert Series (as of March 17, 2020)

Palmetto Art Center (closed)

Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training (canceled)

Premier Sports Campus (all events thru end of March 2020)

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature (as of March 17, 2020)

The Florida Maritime Museum (as of March 17, 2020)

The Mall at University Town Center (closed)

The Market at Lakewood Ranch (canceled indefinitely)

TreeUmph! Adventure Course (closed until April 3, 2020)

WUSF’s Longest Table (postponed)

 

If you are a resident looking for information about government facility closures, please see Manatee County's COVID-19 information page

If you are a member of the Bradenton Area tourism industry, please see our industry resources page.