In Berkshire County, Tourists Needed And Expected This Summer

Tourism brochures in the lobby of the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. (Jill Kaufman/NEPM)

People are dreaming of a less sequestered summer, and with COVID-19 restrictions easing, the Berkshires will be a destination for many.

Business owners count on tourists coming to this relatively small region, rich in live music, theater and museums. For them, last summer was brutal. This year, it could almost feel like the old days.

Earlier this spring, in preparation for a promising but limited summer of live concerts, officials at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts, produced several videos and web pages chock-full of safety information.

That was before Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced this week he would lift almost all COVID-19 regulations by the end of May.

Tanglewood is now re-evaluating its plans for the season, with a possible increase in the number of tickets sold for the historic Koussevitzky Music Shed and for seats on the venue’s famous well-manicured lawn.

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