Vanilla Ice is still slated to hold an Independence Day concert in Austin, Texas, later this week, even as the state reimposes certain coronavirus restrictions amid an uptick in COVID-19 cases.
According to The Austin Chronicle, the concert is scheduled to take place on Friday at the Emerald Point Bar & Grill in Austin.
Though Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced last week that the state will be closing bars to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, the business is reportedly allowed to remain open as a restaurant since it rakes in a majority of its earnings from food.
However, the business will be required to operate at a 50 percent capacity, and thus is reportedly selling 2,500 tickets. Its total capacity, according to the outlet, can range from 4,000 to 5,000.
It’s unclear how many will attend the event based on early ticket sales; according to The Texas Tribune, less than 90 tickets have been sold so far.
The planned event on Friday will take place just days after the state broke its daily record for new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, when officials announced about 7,000 new cases had been counted.
State health data shows over 168,000 COVID-19 cases have been counted in the state overall, in addition to more than 2,400 deaths and an estimated 87,556 recoveries as of Wednesday. Out of the number of cases confirmed in the state, state health officials estimate more than 78,000 of them are active.
Ahead of his dubbed “Throwback Beach Party” on Friday, Vanilla Ice has continued to promote the event and has shared a couple of posts on Instagram reminiscing of the nineties amid rising cases.
“I can’t wait to get back to this,” he captioned a video showing screaming fans at a concert. “The 90s were the best. We didn’t have coronavirus, or cell phones, or computers.”
“We had 5.0‘s, blockbuster, Beavis and Butthead, Wayne’s world, Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. And Mortal Kombat is still better than fortnight but we got out of the house, we danced, we invented house parties in the 90s. The last of the great decades,” he added.
Updated: 11:46 p.m.