JAMESTOWN – Big changes are coming to Jamestown’s Labor Day Festival.
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist tells WNYNewsNow as part of the city’s COVID-19 Financial Restructuring Plan, funding for festivals and special events have been put on hold.
In a message to members of the City’s Labor Day Committee, the Mayor said instead of a large elaborate festival this year, officials will likely be working to host a scaled down gathering.
“With the addition of COVID-19 making large gatherings difficult, and a large financial strain on the City from lost revenue, we have decided to forgo a large festival this year,” said Sundquist. “However, I want to let the committee know that I am determined to celebrate the men and women of labor in the Jamestown community.”
The Mayor says even though this September’s celebration will be much smaller and “muted” then years past, the City still plans to honor those in the labor force.
“Although this year may have to be a much smaller and muted ceremony, we will still honor the sacrifices people have made in pursuit of better working conditions and a better life, here in the City of Jamestown,” explained Sundquist. “As we get closer to Labor Day 2020, we will reach back out and have folks come together to talk about what a smaller celebration may look like.”
Several other big community events scheduled for this summer have been canceled due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, including the National Comedy Center’s Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and the Chautauqua County Fair.
According to New York State’s phased reopening plan, large scale events and gathering will likely not be permitted until phase four, which is expected to occur in early July.