Southington hopes that concerts, camp can return this year

Published on Tuesday, 26 January 2021 12:54
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

SOUTHINGTON – Southington Recreation Director David Lapreay is hopeful that the town’s summer camp and Music on the Green concert series will be able to return this year as the covid-19 vaccine rolls out.

“I think all of us are optimistic that we can do more programming than last year,” he said. “Right now it’s a bit of a wait and see game as things roll out with the vaccine and we watch where the state’s covid-19 levels are at.”

Lapreay said he has had some preliminary discussions about the Music on the Green series, which under normal circumstances would begin at the end of May.

“We’re not sure that we can start on time; we’re waiting on more guidance from the state,” he said. “The way our town green is set up, you can enter it from all sides. This makes it difficult to control capacity. We’re hoping that this series might be able to begin by early or mid-summer when restrictions are hopefully eased off a bit.”

Lapreay said he is also planning to have summer camp registration begin in early March.

“I hope that we can move forward this year,” he said. “With the way we run our camp, the guidelines would have been too difficult to follow last year. I imagine that the state guidelines won’t be worse than last year. I’m hopeful that they will be a little better. If we have to tweak things along the way or if something comes up, then we’ll make a call at that time.”

Lapreay said that on March 1 the state is expected to issue guidance that affects spring sports such as youth baseball and softball leagues.

“I don’t expect that they will be more stringent than they were,” he said. “Last year, they didn’t start on time but once specific guidance did come out then we were able to have a season. Fan spectators were limited, there was more spacing in the dugouts and coaches had to wear masks but everyone did a great job with it.”

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 26 January 2021 12:54. Updated: Tuesday, 26 January 2021 12:57.