September 7, 2020
Labor Day: History, Celebrations, and Staying Safe
The first Monday in September, this year on the 7th, is celebrated as Labor Day in the United States. It was born as a way to recognize the workers who create the foundation of our economy, which is more important than ever in 2020. While years past have seen the holiday marked by community festivals, picnics, or parties, this year will be a little more subdued as we continue to socially distance to protect our population from the spread of COVID-19. So, what can Labor Day look like this year?
If there’s just one word we’ll all equate with 2020, it’s “Zoom.” While it’s the name of a specific video conferencing tool, it had become a verb meaning “to meet via video” – much like we use “Google” to mean “look up anything online.” Virtual events, in several formats, have become normal so if you’re not experiencing Zoom Fatigue, consider attending or even hosting one.
For friends or family who can’t be with you safely, set up a virtual chat to catch up over drinks or coffee or a meal. Or choose an event you wouldn’t normally do this time of year such as:
- The Labor Day Virtual Race
- Dragon Con – the largest fan-run Sci-fi/Fantasy convention
- Any of these events on the Eventbrite website
Practice Physical Distancing
Of course, there are ways to be safe and still enjoy the holiday. Staying within your household will help keep your risk low. If you do go out, such as on a hike or walk through one of Asheville’s many greenways, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet when encountering others. Wearing cotton or surgical mask will also help you stay safe.
Labor Day has always been associated with family picnics and gatherings. And, if you feel it’s safe to hold an in-person gathering, there are a few things you can do to make it even better. Here are a couple of tips to get you started:
- Individual portions of food: serve salads or other picnic foods in small, covered containers so your friends and family aren’t serving out of a community portion.
- Try to maintain a safe distance: 6 feet apart and wear masks when necessary.
- Sanitize frequently used surfaces: use wipes on counters or doorknobs regularly.
- Stay outside: transmitting the virus is low if you’re outdoors.
- Keep the gathering small: fewer people mean better relative safety.
At GoPrime Mortgage, we believe it’s always important to be involved in your community. But it does tend to be at the top of our minds on federal holidays when we aren’t consumed by day-to-day stress. While you may not be able to volunteer in person, local organizations still need your help. Stay tuned later this month for a look at how we can give back to Asheville during the COVID-19 crisis.
We want to hear from you. How will you celebrate Labor Day this year?
If you want to take the first step to buy a house or refinance, call Zachery Adam at GoPrime Mortgage in West Asheville today.
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