Governor vows 'consequences' if Arkansas concert proceeds

Singer Travis Mc Cready is scheduled to play at Temple Live in Fort Smith on May 15 three days before theaters arenas and other indoor entertainment venues are allowed to reopen

"None of that was done in this case", Hutchinson said. "Those rules authorize me, as secretary of health and director of the Arkansas Department of Health, to order you to cease and desist the conduct described above".

The concert had a number of social distancing rules, including assigned seats at least six feet apart per grouping of what Ticketmaster is calling "fan pods", reducing the capacity of the 1,100 person venue down to just 229, mandatory temperature check when they arrive, and employees actively wiping down touch points in the venue and restrooms. "That is something that is done based on a public health requirement". The theatre said it was submitting an application to hold the show - expected to draw more than 200 people - which is higher than a 50-person limit the state initially set for such venues.

The venue was slated to host a show featuring Travis McCready of Bishop Gunn on Friday, May 15 but the concert's date fell days before the state's directive to reopen entertainment venues goes into effect. "I would think that the patrons, when they know that the concert should not happen under Department of Health guidelines, that they'd use good judgment and not attend".

He said the state will order the venue to cancel the event.

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After the announcement, an Alcohol Beverage Control Division spokesman said the permit would be returned before Monday. "Clearly, it is three days before we determined it was an appropriate time to open up to a limited capacity in some of those informal venues, and even if you're going to have 250 people at a venue, you still have to have a specific plan that would be approved by the Department of Health".

A request to Live Nation Ontario from NOW wasn't immediately answered, but given the promoter's huge presence in the market it's safe to assume this could be a glimpse into the near future of live music.

But the precautions failed to sway Arkansas' Gov. Hutchinson.

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