TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Beginning Friday, portions of Wabash Avenue in downtown Terre Haute were scheduled to be closed to traffic, which would allow seating for outdoor dining. Restaurants in the downtown area had planned on asking the community to eat outside in order to promote social distancing.

Now, following a statement released by the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, the event is officially cancelled.

George Azar and Connie Wrin, organizers of the event, released the following statement on Thursday afternoon:

As leaders of the downtown business community, we had the best of intentions and hopes for this weekend’s “Eat In the Streets” activities, but unfortunately, we no longer feel comfortable moving forward. We encourage everyone to continue to patronize our downtown restaurants, as this has been a challenging year and we are in need of your support. We thank the City of Terre Haute, Board of Works and Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce for their help.