Leadership / 05.13.20
Arkansas Health Department to Shut Down Travis McCready Concert, Governor Says
ABC News (05/12/20) Deliso, Meredith
The TempleLive concert scheduled for May 15 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, is being shut down by Arkansas officials. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the state's health department will issue a cease-and-desist order for the Travis McCready concert. Arkansas's current coronavirus lockdown restrictions are allowing indoor venues to reopen May 18 and limiting the audience to fewer than 50 people while following social distancing protocols. The TempleLive concert was scheduled to take place three days prior to that date. "It's out of time," Hutchinson said. "Can you imagine what reaction we would have had across Arkansas if we set the date for May 11 to open up restaurants but a bunch of them just decided to do that on May 5? You can't arbitrarily determine when the restrictions are lifted. That is something that is done based upon a public health requirement." TempleLive planned to follow social distancing measures, sanitize the venue using fog sprayers, require masks for all attendees and employees, do temperature checks, separate seating groups and limit the number of people using restrooms at a time. As of May 12, concert promoter Mike Brown said there was no decision yet on next steps.
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