Officials in Somerville have approved changes to an ordinance that banned people from singing or playing an instrument in a public place without a police detail. The ordinance, on the books since 1963, required street performers and people delivering a lecture or sermon in a public place to be given a detail by the city’s police chief. Somerville’s Board of Aldermen approved changes to the ordinance on April 11, after questions were raised over whether it violated First Amendment rights. The new ordinance requires no city permit or police detail for street performers.

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