Music fans got a glimpse of what could be the new normal after the first coronavirus-era concert took place in Arkansas on Monday.
Despite reports suggesting that the US live scene wouldn’t return to normal until 2021 at the earliest, that didn’t stop Bishop Gunn singer/guitarist Travis McCready from putting on a socially-distant gig in Fort Smith, on the border of Arkansas and Oklahoma.
TempleLive in Fort Smith is having the “first” concert in the area since the coronavirus pandemic started. How was it? Find out tonight on 5NEWS at 10. pic.twitter.com/JRPihavx2i
— 5NEWS (@5NEWS) May 19, 2020
Restrictions at the venue included:
- capacity cut from 1,000 people to just 200
- all concertgoers were kept six feet apart (either by official tape or by specific grouped seating).
- Attendees also had their temperatures taken upon arrival and were required to wear masks at all times.
- Just 10 people at one time were allowed in the toilets.
- The bar was only able to sell drinks that were already pre-packaged or ‘have lids.’
Not gonna lie, the event looked… awkward.