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Tooele Co. Health Dept. orders closure of venue for Saturday's Collin Raye concert

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Posted at 3:41 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 00:36:26-04

TOOELE, Utah — The Tooele County Health Department has issued a public health order to close an amphitheater where a controversial Collin Raye concert was planned for this Saturday.

"Failure to comply with this order may result in criminal charges being filed," a statement from the Health Dept. said.

The Health Department's notice of closure went to Jason Manning, who owns The Amphitheater at Studio Ranch near Grantsville.

Last week, Manning said he and organizers with Utah Business Revival were preparing to host as many as 10,000 people on May 30 for the concert, which had originally been scheduled to occur at Barnes Park in Kaysville.

The concert would fall under Utah's definition of "temporary mass gatherings," which are restricted under the current phase of Utah's COVID-19 response plan.

"“We are confident in how local health authorities are working to protect public health even as we begin to reactivate the economy. We look forward to the time -- hopefully soon -- when events like this can proceed without concern," Governor Gary Herbert said in a statement.

Late Wednesday night a petition for a temporary restraining order against the concert venue and organizers was filed by Tooele County.