ABC News reports:
Arkansas officials plan to shut down a socially-distanced Travis McCready concert planned for Friday. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that the state’s health department will be issuing a cease-and-desist order for the concert at TempleLive in Fort Smith, due to the timing of the state’s coronavirus lockdown measures.
Hutchinson said during a coronavirus briefing that there were several issues with the concert, foremost being that it is before the determined date to open indoor venues. The concert hall also did not have a plan approved by the state’s health department, he said.
“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 just arbitrarily determine when the restrictions are lifted.”
BREAKING: Fort Smith music venue Temple Live has confirmed that they have made no changes to Friday’s Travis McCready concert, which defies the cease and desist from @AsaHutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Health. #ARNews pic.twitter.com/HZMettDL95
— Shelby Rose (@KATVShelby) May 13, 2020
ABC News, The New York Times, Rolling Stone… gotta hand it to Travis and his promoter. It’s a genius marketing ploy. How many people are googling Travis McCready right now? 🤷🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/dxXdkmZaVW
— Kari Werst (@kari_werst) May 13, 2020