Eric Carrasquillo, 35, the general manager of Butter's Burgers, 777 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, on Tuesday. Butter's Burgers bar and restaurant opened March 13th, just days before it would be forced to close because of the pandemic. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
These workers say they’re trying to make the best of their time cooped up. Some are learning new things.
May 28• Business
Some of them closed during the COVID-19 shutdown. Some bobbed and weaved through it.
May 24• Business
Tampa’s first food hall owes rent from the period it was closed due to COVID-19.
May 29• Business
The pandemic didn’t affect sales, though it did create challenges on the construction site.
May 28• Real Estate


  1. A lone travelers heads toward the SkyConnect train at Tampa International Airport on May 7. The airport's passenger counts have dropped by as much as 97 percent this spring because of the coronavirus pandemic, which will cost the airport an estimated $31 million this year. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  2. Universal Studios in Orlando has already opened its resorts and City Walk. It opens its theme parks to the public on Friday. [AP (2015)]
  3. Hospitality workers protest over unemployment benefits outside a beauty salon where Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was speaking on May 2 in Orlando. (AP Photo/John Raoux) [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
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  5. A pride flag flies outside of Salon Swank, 2253 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. In person Pride events in St. Petersburg have been cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.   [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  6. The CMA CGM Dalila, the largest container ship ever to call at Port Tampa Bay, sailed under the Sunshine Skyway bridge on June 12, 2019. The 1,096-foot-long vessel was the first container ship to call at Tampa from the CMA CMG Group, a global shipping company based in Marseilles, France. Port Tampa Bay officials announced in February that the shipper was adding Tampa as a weekly stop on a route that includes calls in China, Singapore, Vietnam and South Korea, then, after passing through the Panama Canal, Houston, Mobile, Ala., New Orleans and Miami. MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE   |   Times (2019)
  7. In this April 29, 2020 file photo, a message on the ticket window at the AMC Burbank 16 movie theaters complex informs potential customers that it is currently closed in Burbank, Calif. [CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]
  8. The Bilmar Beach Resort 10650 Gulf Blvd, in Treasure Island. Hotel in late March. Occupancy was way down in due to the Coronavirus. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  9. The AMC movie theater chain announced on Wednesday that it may have to close because of the coronavirus business shutdown, the same day Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that movie theaters could reopen, starting Friday. The chain operates many of the movie houses around Tampa Bay, including at WestShore Plaza and the Mall at Sundial. [Chris Pizzello | Associated Press] [CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]
  10. Barbara Friesl, of Dunedin, center, shops on May 22 at Clearwater's Westfield Countryside Mall where a large image of Tampa Bay Lightning star forward Steven Stamkos anchors the end of a second-floor breezeway. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
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    David Goodfriend, a lawyer, lobbyist and former Dish executive, is the founder and chairman of Locast, a free TV streaming service. [Courtesy of David Goodfriend]
  12. Hillsborough County is setting aside $3 million for small businesses damaged after protests, in response to death of George Floyd on Saturday, turned into looting and vandalism. Floyd died after being custody while pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis Police officer's knee for several minutes. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  13. Aerial photo of Curtis Hixon Park and downtown Tampa at sunset on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 in Tampa.  [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
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An eviction sign is posted on a door at the Mosley Motel in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. [Times (2016)]
  15. Publix Super Market at Gulf to Bay Plaza located at 525 S Belcher Road, is seen Thursday, April 2, 2020 in Clearwater. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  16. Airplanes are pictured on the tarmac as a Southwest plane takes off behind them at Tampa International Airport on May 7. The Federal Aviation Administration is considering changes to the routes over North Pinellas that westbound flights take after they leave the airport. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  17. Beach goers enjoy Clearwater Beach on Wednesday, March 18. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  18. Jay-Z and  Beyoncé watch Game 1 of the NBA basketball second-round playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans on April 28, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Several top record labels organized Black Out Tuesday for June 2, as riots erupted around the world sparked by George Floyd’s death, as well as the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Musicians including Rihanna, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X, Demi Lovato, Post Malone and Harry Styles have spoken out following Floyd’s death and the worldwide riots. [MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ  |  AP]
  19. Long lines for food distributions, like this one in early May staffed by Feeding Tampa Bay, are one indicator that the pandemic has forced a new group of people to seek help. Local nonprofits say the need is huge. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
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  21. A worker walks inside a Target store Saturday in Oakland, Calif., that was damaged during protests over the death of George Floyd. Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. [JEFF CHIU  |  AP]
  22. Police officers, some with riot gear and canisters of pepper spray block Busch blvd to prevent protesters from advancing down the road on Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Tampa.  [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
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  24. Hillsborough County Library Service employee Stephen Duran wears a mask and gloves to protect himself from the coronavirus outbreak as he hands out unemployment paperwork to residents on April 4 at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Public Library in Tampa. An economic recovery task force is recommending focusing on retraining and support for workers in hard-hit industries like food service, hospitality and retail. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) [CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP]