Buccaneers cancel draft party due to COVID-19 epidemic

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have plenty to celebrate for the next few months after signing Tom Brady. Unfortunately, fans won’t be able to come together in their customized Brady’ Buccaneers jerseys on April 23 for the 2020 NFL Draft after the team canceled its annual draft party due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

On Monday, the Buccaneers announced the cancelation of their draft party at Raymond James Stadium to follow national and state guidelines to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

It’s a decision that the NFL was forced to make with the 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas, canceling all public events on April 23-25 due to the ongoing crisis. The Chicago Bears were one of the first teams to cancel their draft party and other organizations will likely follow.

According to the latest information from Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 35,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and more than 60 in the Tampa region as of Monday morning.