Mayor Walsh made the announcement this morning. The reason should be obvious.
Walsh said that extended weekend will be turned into a sort of holiday aimed at both the race and at helping local businesses recover from Covid-19-related losses.
He cautioned any determined runners to not try to run the Marathon course on April 20. Roads will not be shut and no first responders will be around to help anybody who pulls a Loon Mountain and tries to get from Hopkinton to Boston.
Walsh said officials never considered running the race on April 20 without spectators.
He said officials chose that date because August would be too hot, Labor Day is when tens of thousands of colleges students move in, and Columbus Day is when many colleges have their famliy weekends.