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Tanglewood Announces Safety Protocols For Shortened Summer Season

A sign for the Upper West Lot sits in front of an empty field
Josh Landes

The Boston Symphony Orchestra says there will be new safety protocols when Tanglewood reopens for a limited summer season.

The shortened season at the Lenox, Massachusetts concert venue begins July 9th and runs for six weeks.

Speaking on a town hall meeting Monday, BSO Chief Financial Officer Evelyn Barnes says proof of COVID-19 vaccinations will not be required.

“Tanglewood has always been a place where children have been able to enjoy classical music and the general beauty of Tanglewood in a relaxed setting," said Barnes. "So rather than exclude children or anyone who may be unable to receive a vaccination, we’re instead going to implement these multiple layers of defense.”

Attendance will be will be capped at 25%, indoor concessions will not be sold and concerts will be kept to 80 minutes with no intermission.

Among other measures, social distancing and masking will be required. All events will be outdoors and based around the Shed. Tanglewood was closed in 2020 for the first time since World War II as programming went virtual.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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