The concert took place during the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, a massive event that has historically been about 500,000 people to the area. Sturgi’s city officials told CNN that this year’s event would be a scaled-down version of the rally where health guidelines such as social distancing would be recommended.
The band was one of several artists who planned to perform at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip campsite, about 30 km outside the town of Sturgis.
In a video captured by CNN-affiliated KOTA-TV, a large audience can be seen cheering during the performance, with few masks in sight and no social distance.
At one point in the concert, a band member speaking to the audience may be heard saying “F *** that Covid s ***.”
; It is unclear what he says before or after that comment.
The campground, which has often played a central role in the festivities of the ten-day event, has added its own security measures this year, owner Rod Woodruff told CNN earlier, including signs reminding guests of social distance and keeping their hands clean.
Late last month, Sturgis Buffalo Chip announced that it had added more rally-goer events including stunt shows and concerts. Woodruff said several thousand people were on the scene.
The collection is one of the largest held in United States since the pandemic began. Experts say they are worried it could be a super-spreading event, as many participants travel from across the country – including coronavirus hotspots – and could get infections at home when they return. But city officials have said they felt they could not to prevent the crowds from entering and instead chose to prepare for the event as best they could.
“What’s important for people to understand is in a very small community and in rural South Dakota. You can not have tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of people come without preparation, including garbage and sanitation and additional law enforcement and emergency personnel,” Daniel City Director Ainslie said. for CNN earlier this week.
South Dakota has reported about 9,663 cases of the virus since the pandemic began, according to the state Department of Health.