LOWELL — As the Lowell Summer Music Series 2021 lineup is set and the first concert takes place next weekend, there’s more good news from series general manager Peter Aucella.
Aucella told The Sun this week that organizers of the 12-show series have received permission from the National Park Service to hold concerts and performances for children outdoors in the iconic Boarding House Park.
Aucella added that the six-foot social distancing requirement is also being removed.
This is great news. In May, The Sun reported that current NPS guidelines state that “during periods of significant or high community transmission of COVID-19 as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the NPS will encourage a minimum of 6 feet of physical distancing between individuals or household units and require the wearing of masks when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Aucella told The Sun at the time: “This requirement is not feasible for the Lowell Summer Music Series because the park is not large enough to meet the social distancing requirement and accommodate the number of purchases of tickets needed to make the series economically feasible.”
Beginning with next Friday night’s season opener, Classic Albums Live: Hotel California, all concerts will be held outdoors, weather permitting. All concerts moved indoors due to inclement weather will be held at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. This is a change from years past when indoor shows were held at Lowell High School.
Also note that all the headliners will be on stage from 7:30 p.m. There will be no first part this year to shorten the duration of exposure to the crowd and limit intermissions in the aisles. There will be no intermission.
The City of Lowell will provide free one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines at Lowell Summer Music Series concerts, subject to availability. You do not need to present an insurance card to receive the vaccine.
Unvaccinated visitors are advised to wear masks that fully cover their nose and mouth upon entry and in the audience areas at both Boarding House Park and Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
Attendees are requested to bring as few items as possible, to streamline the security screening process and minimize close interactions upon entry. Tickets on your phone or on paper will be scanned by a contactless system.
Participants are also encouraged to spread out and keep extra space between your group and others. Attendees are also encouraged to dispose of their own trash to reduce the spread of COVID.
The usual food stand will be replaced by a snack bar offering sweet and savory snacks, water and soft drinks. Instead, guests are invited to dine at downtown restaurants before or after the show.
Hand sanitizer will be available at several locations at Boarding House Park and Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Customers are asked to wash their hands frequently.
Season passes remain on sale, but only until the first concert. There are also new e-gift cards you can send to your favorite music lover for a special occasion. Available in any denomination, they never expire.