Here’s What Arkansas’ “Socially Distant” Concert Looked Like

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When Bishop Gunn’s Travis McCready announced a “socially distant” concert in Fort Smith, Arkansas, the event became the subject of controversy. The state’s Department of Health announced plans to issue a cease-and-desist order to TempleLive, the venue hosting the event. The venue then postponed the show for three days after its initially announced date to comply with the governor’s directive.

The concert took place tonight, and as planned, fans in attendance were made to “socially distance” from each other inside individual “fan pods.” The event was also livestreamed for a paid online audience. The venue’s 1,100-person maximum capacity was reduced to 229 seats, keep fans six feet apart, and take all attendees’ temperatures. Fans were required to wear face masks, and bathrooms were limited to 10 people at a time. Watch footage and see photos from the event below.

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FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS – MAY 18: The men’s bathroom during the first socially-distanced concert at TempleLive in on May 18, 2020 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The concert at TempleLive was originally scheduled for May 15 but was postponed until May 18 after Arkansas officials issued a cease-and-desist order to the promoter last week.ç (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)Kevin Mazur
FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS – MAY 18: A concert goer has his temperature taken prior to entering the first socially-distanced concert at TempleLive in on May 18, 2020 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The concert at TempleLive was originally scheduled for May 15 but was postponed until May 18 after Arkansas officials issued a cease-and-desist order to the promoter last week.ç (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)Kevin Mazur

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