Pflugerville - Hutto Edition | May 2021

Live events in Round Rock, Pugerville and Hutto are set to ramp up in the summer and fall of 2021. Back in the moment Reaching for herd immunity In order for vaccines to impede the transmission of COVID-19, between 70%-85% of people need to get shots, according to national infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci. If the vaccine rollout goes smoothly, herd immunity could come by early to mid-fall, he said.

Summer COURTESY CITY OF PFLUGERVILLE Music in the Park

Wednesdays in May COURTESY CITY OF ROUND ROCK Music on Main

Attendees can bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy this annual free outdoor music concert series at Puger Park, 515 City Park Road, Pugerville.

Families are invited to attend this free outdoor music series with food vendors on-site at Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E. Main St., Round Rock.

As of April 26, around 52% of Williamson County residents age 16 and up had received one dose or more of a vaccine. Around 48% of Travis County residents, as of April 19, had also received at least one dose, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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improvements, Hamp- ton said it is a great time for people to come and hang out.

doing what is the safest at that partic- ular time,” she said. Another outdoor music event, KOKEFEST, will be held at Hutto Park at Brushy Creek Aug. 6-7. The festival, organized by Austin Radio Network’s KOKEFM, will feature 12 country music bands, according to the KOKEFM Facebook page. KOKEFM is expected to make its lineup announcement May 3. Cody Johnson, Koe Wetzel, Turnpike Trou- badours, Parker McCollum, Robert Earl Keen, Aaron Watson and Mark Chesnutt are listed as past headliners on the KOKEFEST website. Out to the ballgame More fans will be able to attend Round Rock Express games at Dell Diamond now that the stadium will operate at an increased capacity, start- ing with the team’s rst home game May 6, said Andrew Felts, Round Rock Express public relations and commu- nications manager.

The Express will have 12 back-to- back home games May 6-18 and will play six home games every other week in June, starting June 3, he said. The lower seating bowl from sec- tions 112-128 will be fully open with sections 206-209 and sections 110-111 in a pod-style group seating format for those who wish to social distance. Each pod seating group is spaced out by 6 feet. Social-distancing measures will also be in eect at the stadium entrance and exit as well as in lines to concession stands and the team store. Felts said Major League Base- ball requires everyone in attendance to wear a mask unless eating or drink- ing so those policies will be in eect at Dell Diamond. The MLB left capacity decisions to each team’s city and county, Felts said. Dell Diamond received permis- sion to open at increased capacity from the city of Round Rock and Wil- liamson County.

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“We’re looking forward to having folks come back downtown, enjoy a live show, and then hopefully go grab a bite to eat and have a drink at one of the businesses downtown,” he said. Country singer Dale Watson will kick o the series May 5 with perfor- mances by The Derailers, Beat Root Revival and Del Castillo planned for the following Wednesdays. Hampton said the May 5 perfor- mance will coincide with a celebra- tion recognizing Round Rock as a certied music-friendly community by the Texas Music Oce. Another musical event in the works in Pugerville is a modied version of Music in the Park, although no dates have been conrmed, said Maggie Holman, city of Pugerville public information ocer. The annual event held at Puger Park is expected to take place on Friday evenings in June, July and August, she said. The city is waiting on band book- ings to establish dates. While Puger- ville is actively preparing for events, many of the details are not ready to be released yet, Holman said. Each event is evaluated separately to tailor the safety measures based on past atten- dance and the needs of that event. Safety precautions for Pugerville events are posted on the city’s website and social media accounts before they happen, Holman said. These website posts often come with a frequently asked question section for attendees to properly prepare ahead of time. “As restrictions are kind of evolv- ing, we want to make sure that we’re

Wilkinson said he estimates mil- lions of dollars were lost by not hold- ing those events. Nowwithmore information on how COVID-19 spreads and increased vac- cination rates, Will Hampton, com- munications and marketing director for Round Rock, said the city has been able to make event plans for 2021. In a biannual survey sent to Round Rock residents in December asking what it would take for people to feel comfortable going out, vaccinations was the No. 1 answer, he said. “Our sense is folks are ready to get out,” Hampton said. Community Impact Newspaper previously reported Williamson County’s April 20 announcement to shut down mass-vaccination sites as demand is decreasing a large site was no longer necessary. With more people vaccinated, Wilkinson said it is time to get out and put artists back to work. “[Artists have] suered so long this last year for not being able to perform,” he said. “ A lot of those people, they make their living by per- forming. It’s time to get back on the saddle again.” Sounds of summer Each city has plans to hold outdoor music events, starting with Round Rock’s Music on Main concert series. Music on Main will take place each Wednesday in May from 6-8 p.m. at Prete Plaza, Hampton said. With recent downtown streetscape

Glimpse of normalcy Each event is evaluated separately to tailor the safety measures based on the event’s needs. Safety precautions are posted on the cities’ websites before they happen. Here are some of the requirements, updated as of press time April 29:

Health & safety: Event planners have to provide a health and safety plan to ensure guests are safe during public events and to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Capacity: Individuals or parties need to be able to maintain 6 feet of distance. Case notification: Planners must develop contact-tracing plans and report positive cases.

SOURCES: CITIES OF PFLUGERVILLE, ROUND ROCK AND HUTTO COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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