Yes, it has been a very rough year for millions of us. Nonetheless, the first Monday of September in the United States is a time worth commemorating. Happy Labor Day 2020. And good luck to those suffering employment woes due to COVD-19.

Certainly, we understand that today may not be as happy as in 2019


A Time for Contemplation: Happy Labor Day 2020

We divide the discussion two parts. Celebrating Labor Day and special considerations for Labor Day 2020.

Celebrating Labor Day

According to the U.S. Department of Labor:

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday. And on June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday.

Below, we present an infographic and a video clip, both with many Labor Day quotes.

Happy Labor Day 2020


Special Considerations for Labor Day 2020

Recently, advice for today’s Labor Day surfaced. And most of the advices focus on being safe.There is concern that COVID-19 may spread as it did after Memorial Day weekend July 4th weekend. Why? Due to more people closely congregating without masks or not social distancing.

We point to these observations: 

“As this most awful of summer seasons winds down to just a few precious days, we certainly understand the desire on the part of many (if not all of us) to just let it all out, so to speak: ‘If this is the last, let’s make it a blast!’ But amidst the chaos in our lives, one thing that has not changed, and that requires even more urgency than usual, is our annual admonition to our readers to enjoy the Labor Day weekend safely.’ [East Boston Times Free-Press]

“Patio season is in full swing! Due to the coronavirus, many choose to opt outside anyway. With many local neighborhoods shutting down their streets to allow more outdoor dining. There are also plenty of local restaurants and breweries with existing outdoor patios for you to enjoy. this Labor Day weekend outside with a cold one.” [Denver Ear]

“After some Arizona bars got their liquor licenses suspended for ignoring state mandates on safety regulations, officials now look to the busy Labor Day holiday weekend. And they’re especially worried about places that are popular with crowds for the holiday, like downtown Tempe. Public health officials say they’re aware of a possible COVID-19 surge, like what we saw happen following Memorial Day weekend earlier this summer. []


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