STRATFORD — The annual summer “Blues on the Beach” concert has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The concert, which attracts thousands of people to Short Beach, had been scheduled for July 25.

Mayor Laura Hoydick announced the cancellation during the Town Council’s meeting Monday, saying the event couldn’t go forward.

In a statement Wednesday the mayor called the event a rite of summer since it began in 2010.

“Blues on the Beach is a terrific summer event that we all look forward to, and it is hard to think of summer without it now,” Hoydick said. “However, we need to continue exercising caution. In consideration of how impossible implementing social distancing guidance would be at this event, we really don’t have a choice.”

Sponsored by the Jackson Law Group and Connecticut Distributors, Inc., Blues on the Beach is part of the Celebrate Stratford Festival series and is coordinated by volunteer Erin McLaughlin.

Past performers have included acts such as Funky Dawgz, Chris D’Amato, Alpaca Gnomes, and Evan Goodrow and Da Band.

The mayor noted the state’s relatively good handling of the coronavirus in saying the summer concert would be canceled out of an abundance of caution.

“Connecticut is currently doing very well in this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, as is Stratford, and we need to continue to do our part to protect our residents,” she said. “We have deep appreciation for Erin and all the volunteers who have built up this event and made it a tremendous success over the years, and we look forward to the day we can resume this and other events we have had to give up this year.”