PORTLAND, Tenn. (WKRN) — Monday evening, Portland City Council voted to cancel this year’s Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival due to COVID-19.
The festival was scheduled for May 8 and 9 and would have marked the event’s 79th year. Each year the festival attracts roughly 30,000 to the City of Portland.
Vendors and ticketholders should be receiving an email with more info over the next 48 hours.
The City of Portland has plans to resume the festival next year on May 7 and 8, 2021. The last time the festival was canceled was during World War II.
COVID-19 in Tennessee
(This reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST )
Most patients with COVID-19 have a mild respiratory illness including fever, cough and shortness of breath. The Tennessee Department of Health strongly encourages Tennesseans to wash your hands often with soap and water and to not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
The CDC recommends that organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States.
High-risk individuals are defined as adults over 60 years old or people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions such as: Heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease.
The Tennessee Department of Health offers a COVID-19 Public Information Line at 877-857-2945, with information available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time.
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