Smash Mouth performs enormous live performance, movies present little social distancing

Smash Mouth plays huge concert, videos show little social distancing

Steve Harwell, lead singer for Smash Mouth, performs throughout Alive@5 in Columbus Park in Stamford, Conn., on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Hearst Connecticut Media Group is a sponsor of the occasion.

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The legendary Sturgis Motorcyle rally in South Dakota anticipated 250,000 visitors this weekend, solely a 3rd of its all-time excessive of 739,000 in 2015, however nonetheless sufficient to boost critical considerations concerning the potential unfold of the coronavirus.

Bay Space legends Smash Mouth carried out on the occasion’s yearly live performance collection to a big out of doors crowd of excited bikers Sunday night time. The venue was at 50% of its typical capability, however movies from the occasion present few within the crowd wore masks or seemed to be social distancing.

The group defended the live performance in a press release equipped to Billboard, with band supervisor Robert Hayes stating that “the promoter did a incredible job with their Covid protocol. That they had a really strict social distancing and masks coverage in place for all staff.” He went on the stress the “countless hours” spent to make sure the live performance occurred as safely as attainable. SFGATE reached out to Smash Mouth for remark, and had been referred to the assertion given to Billboard.

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Sadly, content material circulating on social media confirmed a distinct story when it got here to the group. The Metropolis of Sturgis spokesman acknowledged that masks weren’t necessary, regardless of state suggestions for them. Social distancing and masks signage was posted all through the park together with hand sanitizer stations, however the message appears to not have made it to the followers, who gathered in shut proximity and seemed to be principally with out face coverings.

Watch movies of the scene beneath:

Dan Gentile is a tradition editor at SFGATE. Electronic mail: | Twitter: @Dannosphere

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