As the CV-19 pandemic has cancelled the lion’s share of live music and entertainment events throughout the world, one band is pushing back in an attempt to set a precedent. Effective next week, Travis McCready plans to play a proper live concert.

The front man of the Country rock band Bishop Gunn will take the stage at TempleLive in Fort Smith on May 15th, for what will most likely be one of the first live concert events since mass gatherings were banned in mid-March due to the Corona Virus. Keeping within the limits of social distancing, crowd groups will be assigned seats at least six feet apart per what Ticketmaster is calling “fan pods.” and tickets can only be purchased in these “pods” of 2-12 seats in order to avoid co-mingling groups.

The new spacing rules will decrease the venues usual 1,100 capacity to 229 available seats. Fans will get their temperature taken upon arrival and employees will be actively wiping down touch points in the venue and restrooms throughout the concert. Bathroom capacity will be limited, one-way hallways will be put into place, and the venue will be sanitized via fog sprayers by an independent third party prior to the event

“We are attempting to move past the restrictions that have been necessary during this pandemic, but we must do so in a manner that is based on solid data,” Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said in a release. He and many others are hoping to use this concert as an experiment to see if the rules put in place will allow for more such events in the near future.

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