Restrictions on gatherings won’t stop HSN, MOM

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
Joe Diffie performs on June 20,2019 in Sherman as part of Hot Summer Nights in this file photo.

Despite Governor Greg Abbott reimposing some restrictions on public gatherings including those held in outdoor spaces, plans for Music on Main, Hot Summer Nights, Lights on the Lake, and the Independence Day celebration in Denison have not changed too much.

“Right now, we are continuing with the plans we had before with restrictions in place to encourage social distancing and making sure people are staying six feet apart,” City Manager Jud Rex said of the Denison summer concerts. “We are going to continue with the event as of now.”

Rex said the city plans to hold its third Music on Main concert of the season as scheduled.

“The governor’s guidance was that any gathering of 100 or more be approved by the local authorities, mayor, city manager, or whatever the process is,” Rex said.

Sherman’s response to the news was similar.

”The EO gives the mayor authority to authorize gatherings of 100+, so we don’t anticipate any changes other than the social distancing measures we’ve had in place to this point,“ Sherman Communty and Support Services Manager Nate Strauch said.

He also said there are no plans right now to make further changes to the city's annual Independence Day celebration, Lights On the Lake at Pecan Grove Park.

"We will meet about it early next week to make final arrangements but we already stripped out all the activities we thought could be problematic," Strauch said. Those activities include kids activities like bounce houses.

Lights on the Lake will feature three performers from the 1980s including John Payne, who previously played with Asia, John Elefante, who played with Kansas from 1981 through 1984, and Steve Augeri, who led the band Journey from 1998 to 2006.

Denison also plans to move forward with it's annual fireworks display at Munson Stadium on July 4.

Rex said the city will be blocking off space in the bleachers to promote social distancing. This would look much like what the school district did during graduation ceremonies earlier this month.

Abbott's order also affected businesses across the state, including bars and restaurants. Bars across the state were ordered to close starting Friday and restaurants are required to reduce capacity to 50 percent starting Monday.

"At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars. The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and enhance public health," Abbott said in a statement Friday.