Woodstock will host its 136th annual City Band Season in the Park, taking steps to follow health guidelines.
This year, the season will start in July, instead of June. The current dates for the season are the evenings of July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 5 in Woodstock's Downtown Square.
Concerts will begin at 7 p.m. and will be about 45 to 60 minutes in length, with no intermission planned, according to a news release.
Organizers said the outdoor concerts, in keeping with Phase 4 guidelines, will use a mix of "drive-in" style parking around the perimeter and south side of the Park in the Square, as well as limited access to pedestrian traffic in the park itself.
"Pedestrians using space within the park will be subject to gathering in designated marked areas [where they must remain], with limitations on group sizes and required social distancing practices," according to the release. "Those who attend in their vehicles will be assigned a location to park utilizing every other parking spot in order to implement social distancing."
Pedestrians in the park will be required to wear face masks while attending concerts, as well as anyone who chooses not to remain in their vehicles when moving outside of their designated areas.
Attendees can bring food and beverages, but no alcoholic beverages will be allowed in or outside of the park. In addition, no smoking or vaping will be permitted by either pedestrians or drive-in patrons.
The band will occupy space both on the bandstand and off the bandstand to provide proper social distancing for the musicians, organizers said.
Portable restrooms will be available for use by attendees and will be located on Dean Street at the rear of the Opera House.
"It is clear that this Summer Band Concert Season will be quite different from those of the past and the success of these outdoor concerts will require the combined efforts of attendees, performers, volunteers and staff to properly protect ourselves and our community," organizers said in a news release. "We understand and appreciate that participation in these types of community events is a very personal choice, especially under these uncertain circumstances, and we respect and support those choices. Woodstock has a long tradition of presenting outstanding public events and a fine spirit of community cooperation which will undoubtedly aid in making these concerts a success."
To learn more about Woodstock attractions, visit www.woodstockil.gov.