Hundreds Of Fans Reject Social Distancing To Attend Smash Mouth Concert
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Hundreds of fans have gathered in Sturgis, South Dakota to see the iconic Smash Mouth perform live.
While that might usually be something to celebrate and get excited about, videos from the concert show people were packed together without any social distancing going on in the crowd.
We all love a bit of 'All Star' but in the middle of a pandemic, especially when America is leading the world in cases and deaths, it's probably not a good idea to be gathering in large groups and singing loudly.
Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell told the crowd during their rousing performance: "We're all here together tonight! F*** that Covid s***!"
Here is a brighter video to see all the people (credit KOTATV) pic.twitter.com/P7XW46BLiS- Connor Matteson (@mattesontv) August 10, 2020
The band was one of several scheduled to perform over the weekend for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, a 10-day motorcycle rally that was expected to see more than 250,000 attendees.
Other bands who were set to play include Trapt, Buckcherry, Drowning Pool, Night Ranger, Reverend Horton Heat, Lit, 38 Special, Quiet Riot, and Big Skillet.
The event's website did stress everyone to follow health guidelines and socially distance from one another, wear a face mask and promised there would be hand sanitiser around the park. Videos from the event show that few people were wearing their face masks during the Smash Mouth concert.
The mayor of Sturgis, Mark Castensen, said that he wanted to encourage 'personal responsibility' and wouldn't force anyone to wear a mask.
City manager, Dan Ainslie, told CNN that although attendance is expected to be lower, there isn't much they can do other than prepare.
He said: "As a city, there's nothing we could do, we're not able to put up roadblocks and say, 'You can't come in.
"And it was quite obvious that we were going to have a lot of people here, even if we didn't call it the rally. The issue is if we did not officially sanction it as a rally, then we would not be able to prepare for it.
"There's been a significant look at what the pros and cons are. In an area where we have this many national parks and we rely that significantly on tourism, it's very hard to look at a virus that has a very low mortality rate - and especially from people who don't have co-morbidities - and state that we should destroy the entire economy, just to try to reduce the spread of a disease which everyone has said is going to ultimately spread to the community anyway."
Hopefully we don't see a spike in coronavirus cases following this event.