- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A planned concert sponsored by activists opposed to coronavirus-related restrictions has been moved to Iron County later this month after being rejected by Kaysville and Toole County.

Utah Business Revival founder Eric Moutsos announced on Facebook that the concert, now being touted as a small business event, is moving to the Iron Springs Adventure Resort on June 13, the Deseret News reported.

The announcement came days after Iron County Commissioner Paul Cozzens attended Moutsos’ picnic event that was intended to replace the concert in Tooele County.

“With all due respect to my fellow commissioners in Tooele County, one of the main reasons I attended the event … was to announce that Iron County is open for business and that we will host the Collin Raye concert on private property on the 13th of June,” Cozzens said.

The event will have security, an ambulance service presence and parking and traffic control, Commissioner Alma Adams said.

“If you feel uncomfortable, then please don’t come. We just want people to be really careful and distance and wear their masks and enjoy their evening,” Adams said.

The concert was originally going to be held in Kaysville until residents and the City Council pushed back, arguing they didn’t feel like the community’s best interests were being considered when Mayor Katie Witt made the decision to allow it.

The concert was then moved to an amphitheater in Tooele County but the health department issued an order to close the venue followed by an injunction that restrained the venue from holding a concert.

The concert has drawn criticism for its potential to increase the risk of COVID-19 as people gather in large crowds.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.

“I was disappointed that one of the reasons cited for the cancellation was because of COVID-19, but at the same time a BMX and softball event with very large crowds assembled to participate,” Cozzens said.

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