Texas’ Concert Safety Taskforce Holds 5th Meeting – Are They Making Any Progress?
Texas Governor Greg Abbott launched the Concert Safety Taskforce back in November as part of a response to the tragedy at the Astroworld Festival where 10 people died and over 300 were injured during crowd surging. The question is, are they making any progress, it would seem they are according to the governor's office.
The task force is led by Texas Music Office Director Brendon Anthony, it also includes safety experts, law enforcement, fire fighters, state agencies, music industry leaders, and more. Their task is to analyze concert safety and try to develop ways to enhance security at live music events in Texas. The task force will produce a report of recommendations and strategies to the governor's office in order to ensure that Texas is doing all it can for concert safety and to protect concertgoers.
The Concert Safety taskforce held their fifth meeting in San Antonio yesterday. According to a Press Release, the meeting was hosted by the Alamodome and brought together public safety and industry experts.
Brendon Anthony led the round table discussion, with local area law enforcement, venue operators and members of the live music industry, all brought together to discuss progress made on developing formal recommendations and strategies so far. Conversations included the mass gathering permit process, noting that there is a potential need to assist counties in drafting such a document in areas where one is not currently in place. Venues expressed the importance of actively engaging with promoters, as well as breaking down the challenges and processes of shutting down an event that is in progress. Further discussion pertained to crowd management, event safety, and emergency response.
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