Coronavirus outbreak stories are free to read as a public service at tampabay.com/coronavirus . Sign up for our DayStarter newsletter to receive updates weekday mornings. If this coverage is important to you, consider supporting local journalism by subscribing to the Tampa Bay Times at tampabay.com/subscribe . • • •ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rowdies’ season was just getting started. They played their first regular-season game just last weekend, and their home opener at Al Lang Field was slated for March 21. But amid fears that holding games could greater spread coronavirus, the team’s season will temporarily be halted.The United Soccer League followed suit with other professional sports leagues across the country Thursday, suspending games for a minimum of 30 days, effective immediately.“It was very clear from our owners that the health and safety of players, fans and staff was their top priority,” USL chief executive officer Alec Papadakis said in a statement. “In consultation with local, state and national health authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security, we have temporarily suspended match play for a minimum of 30 days.”The league will provide updates on the continuation of the season when appropriate, a release said. The announcement came shortly after Major League Soccer announced it was suspending play for 30 days. The Rowdies, who won their season opener, were scheduled to play at Miami FC on Friday night. The earliest the season will resume is April 11 at Miami.The USL made the announcement after the NBA suspended play following Jazz player Rudy Gobert testing positive for coronavirus on Wednesday. Major college basketball conferences then canceled their tournaments on Thursday, and leagues like the NHL and ATP also have suspended play. Contact Eduardo A. Encina at email@example.com . Follow @EddieInTheYard. • • • Q&A: The latest and all your questions answered . PROTECT YOURSELF: Household cleaners can kill the virus on most surfaces, including your phone screen . BE PREPARED: Guidelines for essentials to keep in your home should you have to stay inside . STOCK UP YOUR PANTRY: Foods that should always be in your kitchen, for emergencies and everyday life. FACE MASKS: They offer some protection, but studies debate their effectiveness . WORKPLACE RISK: A list of five things employers could be doing to help curb the spread of the disease. READER BEWARE: Look out for bad information as false claims are spreading online . OTHER CORONAVIRUS WEBSITES: • CDC • Florida Department of Health We’re working hard to bring you the latest news on coronavirus in Florida. This effort takes a lot of resources to gather and update. If you haven’t already subscribed, please consider buying a print or digital subscription .