Country Music Hall of Fame extends shutdown through April 30

Raymond Boyd/Getty ImagesDowntown Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has announced plans to remain closed for another month due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

When the Hall of Fame first closed its doors in mid-March, they planned on the closure lasting at least until March 30. Now, they’re extending that date to April 30. All the venues within the Hall of Fame, including Historic RCA Studio B and the CMA Theater, will also remain closed for the time being. 

“The museum’s top priority is the health and safety of our staff and guests, and this guides our decisions,” says Kyle Young, the CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “We live in unprecedented times that call for extraordinary measures in response to events impossible to foresee. We must do all that we can to help ensure a safe and healthy environment for our visitors, employees and community.”

The Hall of Fame is one of a number of country music venues temporarily shuttered due to COVID-19. Nashville’s Lower Broadway, a hotbed of music stages and celebrity-owned bars, has also closed as a result of the virus.

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Morgan Wallen apologizes following his arrest over the weekend

Morgan Wallen apologizes following his arrest over the weekendJohn ShearerMorgan Wallen has issued an apology following his arrest in downtown Nashville on Saturday. 

The "Whiskey Glasses" singer was at Kid Rock's Big A** Honky Tonk Rock N' Roll Steakhouse with a few friends when he was removed from the premises for "kicking glass items," according to a police report obtained by WKRN

While on the street, police report that Morgan got into verbal fights with pedestrians who were passing by. The warrant states that officers gave Morgan multiple opportunities to walk away from the situation, but he "refused." Morgan was then arrested on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct.  He was later released from jail on a $500 bond.

Wallen turned to Twitter Sunday to apologize for the incident.

"Hey y’all just wanted to clear the air. I went out downtown last night with a few old friends. After a couple bar stops, we were horse-playing with each other. We didn't mean any harm, and we want to say sorry to any bar staff or anyone that was affected," he writes.

Morgan also extended praise to the Metro Nashville Police Department for how they handled the situation. "Thank you to the local authorities for being so professional and doing their job with class," he says. "Love y’all."

Morgan's single, "Chasing You," reached number one on the country charts earlier this month.

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Hey y’all just wanted to clear the air. I went out downtown last night with a few old friends. After a couple bar stops, we were horse-playing with each other. We didn't mean any harm, and we want to say sorry to any bar staff or anyone that was affected.

— morgan wallen (@MorganWallen) May 24, 2020