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Tanglewood drops vaccination proof, masking requirements ahead of 2022 summer season

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

Tanglewood says visitors to the famed Berkshire County concert grounds won’t be required to show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test result, or wear masks this summer.

Tanglewood is encouraging fans to hang on to their tickets until further information is available about a rescheduled performance after Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band cancelled their planned June 17th concert due to COVID-19.

The cancellation comes as the famed Berkshire County venue says guests won't be required to show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test result, or wear masks this summer. 

The Boston Symphony Orchestra says masks would only be recommended for indoor use in spaces like Ozawa Hall and the Linde Center for Music and Learning.

As of early June, the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts reports COVID-19 rates above state averages in Berkshire County. An average daily case rate of almost 72 is far above the state average of 42, and the almost 9.5% positive test rate is above the state average of around 8.5%.

Tanglewood’s first full summer schedule since 2019 runs through September 4th. The pandemic wiped out the entire 2020 season, and 2021 was pared-down to six weeks with limited attendance and public health measures in place.

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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