Garth Brooks Re-Schedules His Charlotte Concert Stop From May To June: Will It Be Safe Then?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In less than 34 hours, people in Mecklenburg County will have to stay at home, with several exceptions. It comes as President Trump sets a target date to loosen restrictions and re-open the economy. He says, “I hope we can do this by Easter. I think it will be a great thing for our country.” Trump, setting Easter as a target date to re open the country, suggesting he may phase out of the 15 day self-isolating guidelines once they expire.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases, says he’s urging the president to be flexible. “You can look at a date, but you’ve gotta be very flexible literally on a day-by-day, week-by-week basis, you need to evaluate the of what feasibility you’re trying to do,” says Fauci.

Before Trump made his comments, some Republican lawmakers warned against moving too fast to get the economy going again. Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney tweeting: “There will be no normally functioning economy if our hospitals are overwhelmed and thousands of Americans of all ages, including our doctors and nurses, lay dying because we have failed to do what’s necessary to stop the virus.” Democratic presidential front runner Joe Biden says of Trump, “He should stop talking and listen to the medical experts.” Biden continued, “We all want the economy to open up as rapidly as possible. The way to do that is lets take care of the medical side of this immediately.”

“Immediately” is on the mind of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who says the amount of COVID-19 cases in his state is doubling about every three days, and more ventilators are needed. Cuomo says, “We need, at a minimum, an additional 30,000 ventilators. You cannot buy them, you cannot find them.” The president says he is not yet enforcing the Defense Production Act, which he invoked last week.

Here in Charlotte, Garth Brooks is rescheduling his stadium concerts, including the May 2nd show at Bank of America Stadium. That show is now re-scheduled for June 13th. 74,000 tickets for the show sold out in 90 minutes in December. Concert officials say all of the tickets will be honored. But how does Brooks’ team know that it will be safe to hold public gatherings by June 13?

This episode’s panel features:
WCCB TV’s Morgan Fogarty
WCCB News @ 10 anchor Drew Bollea
WCCB Charlotte reporter Alexandra Elich