Arkansas Is Holding The First Social Distancing Concert In The U.S. Next Week

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While we may be ways away from our favorite, high-capacity events, there’s one concert going down next week that will test new social-distancing methods.

Travis McCready, frontman of country-rock band Bishop Gunn, will be performing at TempleLive on May 15 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, a venue that normally holds 1100. According to Ticketmaster, those an attendance will be given assigned seats in what they’re calling “fan pods,” which are groups of seats safely distanced from other “pods.” This method will reduce the venues capacity by 80%, down to 229.

Alongside the fan pods idea, the venue security will also be taking people’s temperatures at the door and everyone will be required to wear face masks. For bathrooms, there will be a 10-person limit and all sinks and dispensers will be hands-free. There’s also mention that employees will be actively wiping everything down.

The measures may sound extreme, but for those who are dying to get out of the house, it could be worth it.

Governor Hutchinson of Arkansas sounds determined to bring back some degree of normalcy. “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,” he said in a release.

Could this be what concerts will look like on our slow journey back to large scale festivals? We’ll find out soon enough.