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Celebrating Labor Day during a global pandemic

It’s not your traditional Labor Day with people following CDC guidelines, but still enjoying the day off.

SAN ANGELO, Texas — It is the first Monday of September, and that could only mean one thing - Labor Day.

West Texans have traded in hardhats for baseball caps, trucks for jet skis and day at the office for a day on the water.

However, this Labor Day was a little different because of the global pandemic, but that didn’t stop people from having fun.

"We cooked breakfast early with pancakes and sausage for our grandkids," San Angelo resident Kathy Huffman said. "Then we went to Christoval and swam in the river and now we're back to the beach to swim for the rest of the day."

Huffman was not the only one taking full advantage of Labor Day. Matt Maloney who is stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base used the day to spend time with his family from Missouri.

"Family came down to visit so we've just been hanging out and enjoying the weekend just together," Maloney said.

Many people were still staying six-feet apart and following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The new rules made this Labor Day different from previous ones.

"There is not a lot of people who can hang out together because of COVID and everything," San Angelo resident Nick Camacho said.

Unlike Camacho, San Angelo resident Maria Romero said this Labor Day was no different from previous ones.

"No, just asking hang with family," Romero said.

The reason we celebrate Labor Day is to acknowledge the social and economic achievements of American workers - a yearly national tribute to the contribution's workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

When asked many had no idea why we celebrate Labor Day, but it was not going to stop them from enjoying the day off.