Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk Called Off Due To Pandemic

May 14, 2020

Pedestrians walk the Mackinac Bridge on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, during the 62nd annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. For the second year, the bridge was shut down from 6:30 am until noon for security purposes, allowing walkers to turn around at the center span or walk the entire bridge both ways.
Credit John L. Russell/AP Photo

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan summer tradition is being canceled because of the coronavirus. Officials decided Wednesday to call off the Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge. Tens of thousands of people usually join the walk every year. It's the only time the nearly 5-mile-long span is open to pedestrians. The bridge links Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas and crosses the channel that connects Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. Mackinac Bridge Authority Chairman Patrick Gleason says bringing together so many people shoulder-to-shoulder for hours would be too great a health risk. He says the walk should resume in 2021.