Socially-Distanced Concert in Arkansas Gets Cease and Desist from Governor
That “socially-distanced” concert set to take place in Arkansas on May 15 won’t be happening after all.
Per local Fox affiliate KLRT-TV, Governor Asa Hutchinson issued a cease and desist to Temple Live, the Fort Smith, Ark. venue that was going to host the concert of Travis McCready, the frontman for country-rock band Bishop Gunn.
Governor Hutchinson cited a number of reasons for the order, including the show taking place “…three days before the state directive about indoor venues such as theaters, areas and stadiums could reopen.” The attendance number for the show was also an issue since the current cap on crowds at indoor venues was set at 50, and the concert was going sell about 229 tickets.
Before the cease and desist, the concert’s Ticketmaster listing said the venue would operate at 20 percent capacity, with its maximum capacity being 1,100. Fans would have been seated in small groups or “fan pods” with at least six feet separating each pod. The venue was also going to take on other safety measures including sanitizing the entire venue with fog sprayers, requiring masks for employees and concert-goers, limiting the number of people in the restroom at one time and taking temperatures of everyone before entering the venue.