Labor Day picnics in Oregon and Southwest Washington have been canceled this year due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns. Oregon’s governor has banned large gatherings until there’s a reliable treatment or vaccine for the coronavirus.
Northwest Oregon Labor Council (NOLC) hosts one of the largest Labor Day events west of the Mississippi at Oaks Park in Southeast Portland, attracting 18,000 people. It will be the first time since 1985 that NOLC hasn’t held a picnic on Labor Day.
For similar reasons, all labor chapters in Oregon have canceled their Labor Day picnics. Picnics traditionally have been hosted by Lane County, Central Oregon, Southern Oregon, and Marion-Polk-Yamhill labor chapters.
Southwest Washington and Cowlitz-Wahkiakum central labor councils also canceled their joint picnic at Haydu Park in Kalama. Last year was their inaugural event.