Coronavirus Blog: Local events canceled during COVID-19 pandemic

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 17, 2020 at 4:00 PM

In addition to closures, Johnson City Press has been notified that the following events have been canceled or postponed due to concerns over the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:

• Just Jump Trampoline Park announced it is closing all of its locations through March 30.

• The Johnson City Public Library announced Tuesday that, starting Wednesday, it is closing until “further notice.” In a statement, the library said it made the move “following guidance from the White House” COVID-19 task force, which recommended postponing events of more than 10 people. The due dates of library materials will be extended through the closure, with no late fees associated. For more information, visit http://www.jcpl.org/. 

• The Oak Glen Community Center’s Friday fish fry is canceled for March 20. The center plans to resume the event next month.

• Mid City Grill announced on Facebook it is closing for “at least a few weeks” starting on Tuesday. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to anybody, it hurts us as well,” the post read. “We just can’t ignore the obvious anymore.”

• Main Street Pizza Company in Johnson City and Kingsport will be closed starting Tuesday, as will County Line Pie. In a statement posted to Facebook, owner Jamie Dove called it “the most difficult day of my life,” adding that they “need to shut it all down” because “people are not observing enough discipline on their own.” They did not offer a timeline to re-open, but urged people to self-isolate to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

• The Firehouse announced it will be suspending dining room services starting Tuesday, March 17, but will continue to offer carry-out and catering orders “until further notice.” “From the very beginning of this time of uncertainty, our goal has been to make decisions that keep people safe, care for our team and continue to provide great food and famous hospitality as long as we can,” the statement read.

• Tuesday’s Keep Carter County Beautiful board meeting and all other scheduled events sponsored by KCCB are canceled until further notice.

• The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, located in downtown Bristol, will temporarily close to the public through Monday, March 30.

•The Knoxville Museum of Art will be closed to the public beginning will remain closed until further notice. All events and programs scheduled through April 1 have been canceled or postponed.

• The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra canceled its March 21 concert and have already rebooked Melissa White for its April concert. Attendees may request a refund or voucher for the value of the ticket. For assistance, contact Katie Hallenbeck at the Johnson City Symphony office, Monday-Friday from 1-5 p.m., at 423-926-8742 or [email protected]

• The First Tennessee Development District and CareerQuest TN planning team are postponing CareerQuest until the spring of 2021. This year’s event was scheduled to be held April 23 and 24 on the campus of East Tennessee State University in the Mini-Dome.

• All events scheduled at Freedom Hall Civic Center through April 9 have been postponed until further notice. Information regarding ticket refunds will be posted to the Freedom Hall website, www.freedomhall-tn.com, as soon as it becomes available. The Zach Williams concert has been rescheduled to Oct. 24. Those who cannot make it to the rescheduled event can receive a refund at the location where tickets were purchased. Refunds will only be available through March 27.

• Barter Theatre will be postponing the opening of “Macbeth,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” and “Peter Pan,” which were originally scheduled for March 26, April 2 and April 7, respectively. This decision is in response to Virginia Gov. Northam’s ban on large gatherings, and to ensure the safety of Barter’s staff, volunteers and patrons.

• The Johnson City Public Library will remain open but all events and programs through April 6 have been canceled.

• All events held on city property to draw attendees from outside the local area have been postponed until further notice.

• The Johnson City Seniors Center will remain open, but all programs expected to have an attendance of more than 25 are postponed until further notice. Essential senior support programs, including meals, will remain available as regularly scheduled.

• The Pro-Art Association in Wise, Virginia will postpone all performances through April 16. The association will reevaluate the situation at that point in time to determine when and if we can safely reschedule the postponed performances and proceed with the remaining programs of the 43rd season.

• Bristol’s YWCA has decided to cancel its Easter Eggstravaganza this year.

• Johnson City’s Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room has canceled upcoming Open Mic and music events until further notice. 

• Milligan College’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program has canceled the remaining dates for the 2020 tax filing season. Milligan students and faculty previously were scheduled to assist local residents on Saturday, March 21, and Saturday, April 4.

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