By Mary Kate Sheppard, Staff Writer –

At the height of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s spring semester and the start of many outdoor gatherings, events and classes in Chattanooga came to a screeching halt with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Many students and faculty, along with those in the wider Chattanooga community, are disappointed with the cancellation of so many organized social and commercial gatherings.

Multiple events were cancelled in an effort to flatten the curve of coronavirus cases. Many of these included music festivals from Chattanooga and surrounding areas. 

Among these cancelled events are West Village St. Festivals, Ballet in the Park, and J-Fest, one of the largest Christian music festivals in the Tennessee Valley. 

The Chattanooga Film Festival was also postponed due to the outbreak. 

“We have postponed the festival and haven’t yet decided on a makeup date,” CFF representative Chris Dortch said. “But when we do, we’ll be sure to let everyone know.” 

The Signal, a prime Chattanooga event center, has also cancelled all of its events until May 1. Some of the postponed entertainers include Lucero, Yung Gravy, and Manchester Orchestra. 

Luckily, the famous outdoor festival in Manchester, TN, Bonnaroo, is still scheduled for Sep. 24-27, as is the Moon River Festival which will run Sep. 12-13. 

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