There was some hope it wouldn’t have to happen, but it was fading by the day, and attendees to the July Duluth Central Labor Body meeting were told the committee had decided to cancel this year’s Labor Day picnic.
The annual event, which routinely draws hundreds of people and marks the end of summer in Duluth, would be difficult to hold with pandemic restrictions such as social distancing and masks.
Duluth’s Labor Day picnic, is an essential stop for stumping candidates and a staple for anyone who likes free beer and corn-on-the-cob on a late-summer afternoon, but pandemic restrictions and economic uncertainty make for difficult planning, and the general agreement is that trying to hold a picnic at this time would not be feasible.
The body held its July meeting in the back parking lot of the Labor Temple, where attendees were able to take advantage of a cool breeze on a mellow summer evening. Masks were required at sign-in and encouraged during the meeting.
At this time, the body is planning on holding its August meeting outside as well, and one of the items on the agenda will be discussing whether to move meetings to 6:30 p.m. from 7 p.m.