A ZZ Top tribute band performed at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to hundreds of attendees that were not wearing face masks.
The ZZ Top Tribute Band
The Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota is taking place amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A ZZ Top tribute band, ZZ3, performed in place of the legendary band. ZZ Top was originally scheduled to perform at the rally but backed out due to the pandemic along with Willie Nelson, Lynyrd Skynard, among other previously scheduled artists.
The group’s performance took place at Full Throttle Saloon on Saturday (August 8). The venue was packed to the brim without social distancing or face masks.
Overall, the rally will bring in 250,000+ visitors and over $800 million for the town of Sturgis. Surprisingly, this is the largest event in the United States since the pandemic began, with roughly half the number of attendees from previous years. The 9-day event will include performances from Guess Who, Night Ranger, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Smash Mouth, among others.
Watch a video of the event, below.
What’s Happening at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
The event sees thousands upon thousands of attendees, there have been numerous incidents. 26 DUI arrests have been made the first day of the rally along with 17 felony drug arrests, local news reported. Furthermore, 226 total citations were handed out. So far there have been zero fatal motorcycle accidents, twelve crashes that have reported injuries have occurred.
About the Coronavirus and the Rally
South Dakota is one of the rare states that did not partake in a lockdown or quarantine. The state has an average of 84 new cases daily.
Friday’s attendance was reportedly on par with previous years, Dan Ainsile, City Manager for Sturgis told the New York Times. Attendance on Friday was on par with previous years, said Dan Ainslie, City Manager for Sturgis. “It’s kind of like a typical rally,” Ainslie said, “and the crowds are still building.”
“Attendees will be asked to be respectful of the community concerns by practicing social distancing and taking personal responsibility for their health by following CDC guidelines,” a press release for the event said.
“Enhanced safety and sanitization protocols will be carried out for rally goers, including public hand sanitizing stations throughout the downtown area,” it continued. “In addition to the normal cleaning efforts, nightly sanitization of sidewalk areas will take place in the downtown area. Temporary vendors will be asked to abide by state and federal protocols and guidelines related to COVID-19. PPE will be available for all city staff, and any businesses that have issues with finding available personal protective equipment for their employees.”