Labor Day, Taste of Snellville, concerts and the Snellville Fall Festival are being called off as the city’s tourism officials suspend most of its events through the end of October because of the ongoing COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic.
The city announced the suspension of Snellville Tourism and Trade events on Thursday. The only events expected to continue this fall are the Snellville Farmer’s Market and Food Truck Friday events.
“Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and rise in hospitalizations, we feel it is important to keep the health and safety of our citizens and visitors first and foremost,” STAT Executive Director Kelly McAloon said. “We feel that we cannot properly social distance at our concerts and larger events and are taking the advice of Gwinnett, Newton (and) Rockdale Health Departments doctors who suggest not to have large gatherings of people, which can spread the virus, even outdoors.”
The move means concerts scheduled for Aug. 22, Sept. 26 and Oct. 10 are canceled. It also means the cancelation of the Star Spangled Labor Day event on Sept. 5, Taste of Snellville on Sept. 12 and the Snellville Fall Festival on Oct. 24.
Those events are expected to return in 2021.
Snellville is not the only city that has had to cancel events this fall because of the pandemic. Lawrenceville recently announced it is cancelling all major events for the remainder of 2020, but it will host smaller events.
Norcross has also canceled most of its events for the remainder of the year.
As the community continues to battle the pandemic, Snellville officials are encouraging residents to take recommended steps to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“Please do your part,” McAloon said. “Wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands.”