SOUTHINGTON â€“ Southington Recreation Director David Lapreay is hopeful that the townâ€™s summer camp and Music on the Green concert series will be able to return this year as the covid-19 vaccine rolls out.
â€śI think all of us are optimistic that we can do more programming than last year,â€ť he said. â€śRight now itâ€™s a bit of a wait and see game as things roll out with the vaccine and we watch where the stateâ€™s covid-19 levels are at.â€ť
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.
â€śWeâ€™re not sure that we can start on time; weâ€™re waiting on more guidance from the state,â€ť he said. â€śThe way our town green is set up, you can enter it from all sides. This makes it difficult to control capacity. Weâ€™re hoping that this series might be able to begin by early or mid-summer when restrictions are hopefully eased off a bit.â€ť
Lapreay said he is also planning to have summer camp registration begin in early March.
â€śI hope that we can move forward this year,â€ť he said. â€śWith the way we run our camp, the guidelines would have been too difficult to follow last year. I imagine that the state guidelines wonâ€™t be worse than last year. Iâ€™m hopeful that they will be a little better. If we have to tweak things along the way or if something comes up, then weâ€™ll make a call at that time.â€ť
Lapreay said that on March 1 the state is expected to issue guidance that affects spring sports such as youth baseball and softball leagues.
â€śI donâ€™t expect that they will be more stringent than they were,â€ť he said. â€śLast year, they didnâ€™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.â€ť
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