Johnson City Chamber cancels Trick-or-Treat on Walnut Street due to COVID-19 concerns, Model Mill project

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- A popular Halloween event in Johnson City has been canceled, partly due to concerns surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Johnson City Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Cantler said in an interview Friday, “We reviewed it, and out of an abundance of caution and safety measures and liability, we decided that this is an event that we could not work on this year.”

Cantler also said the ongoing Model Mill construction project takes up space in the area where the Chamber usually hosts the event.

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Last year’s Trick-or-Treat on Walnut Street was the 24th annual event where businesses lined the street to hand out candy on Halloween.

Meanwhile, downtown Elizabethton’s popular Main Street trick or treat event was approved to go on by city council on Thursday. Main Street director Courtney Washburn said they will be closely following Tennessee Pledge guidelines.

“We’ve been talking with contacts with Governor Lee’s office to ensure that we’re following this, and working closely with our city council,” she said.

The Main Street event will be on October 31st from 3 to 4:30 p.m. All merchants must wear masks while passing out candy and all attendees are encouraged to mask up as well. Markers on the sidewalk and one-way traffic flows will encourage people to stay eight feet apart.

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