This summer’s Pittston Tomato Festival has been canceled. The annual festival, originally scheduled for Aug. 20-23, is the latest local event forced to skip this year’s edition due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pittston Mayor Michael Lombardo confirmed Tuesday.

“I think in good conscience, we can’t create a situation that’s absolutely safe. And as far as I’m concerned, nothing trumps public safety,” said Lombardo, who also serves as a chairman for the festival. “I don’t believe that — short of making it look like something completely different than what it is — we can safely pull it off this year.”

Lombardo said the decision came after talks with festival committee members, vendors and others in the community.

Each year, thousands flock to Pittston for the four-day event that includes its iconic tomato fights, a 5K that precedes a parade, the Tomato Festival Queen Scholarship Pageant and plenty of vendors.

Lombardo said it would be impossible at an event of the Tomato Festival’s scale to force everyone to wear masks and practice social distancing at all times. One person infected because of the festival is too many, he said.

“I know to many people that’ll be disappointing,” Lombardo said of the cancellation, “but it’s the right decision.”