The Art on the Waterfront (AOTW) event has been cancelled this summer in Chesterville.

Organizers have decided to cancel after discussion about COVID-19, according to a press release.

AOTW Chair Cheryl Beasley says they are trying to help flatten the curve.

“We’re disappointed to have to make this tough yet necessary decision. A short time ago, we weren’t even considering a cancellation. But the pandemic’s reach across Canada is enough reason to take a step back this summer and do what’s best.”

Beasley says the sponsorship team didn’t feel comfortable asking businesses for funding at a time when layoffs and closures are occurring, which is a concept she supports.

According to the release, the committee will be reaching out to notify sponsors, vendors, volunteers and musicians slated to support the event over the next few days.

North Dundas Mayor Tony Fraser says while this was a difficult decision, he thanks the organizers for making the right decision.

The event was originally set for June sixth and seventh and organizers say the event attracts over 1,000 visitors each year.

For more information or questions email [email protected]