For a concert in Petros, Tennesee, country singer Chase Rice returned to the stage, and is facing backlash after thousands of fans were seen not practicing social distancing or wearing face masks amid the on-going coronavirus pandemic.
Rice shared footage from the concert to his Instagram Stories, on Saturday, June 27, where fans were singing along to “Eyes on You” and captioned, “We back.” People in the crowd did not appear to be wearing masks from the looks of the videos.
The 34-year-old singer, according to TMZ, in months, held his first show at the Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary – a former prison-turned-event centre in Tennessee, adding that the venue can accommodate up to 10,000 concert goers.
The Brushy Mountain Group told E! News that all local requirements were abided by the recent concert and that numerous precautions were taken.
In addition, the maximum venue capacity of 10,000 was “drastically reduced” to 4,000 maximum capacity, which was “lower than the advisement of the state of 50%.” The Brushy Mountain Group, in the statement said that the night of the concert saw “less than 1,000 who attended in Saturday night, providing adequate space for fans to spread out to their own comfort level in the outdoor lawn area.”
About Rice’s decision to host a concert amid the on-going COVID-19 outbreak, fans ultimately weren’t too happy on social media.
To call Rice’s decision to play in front of such a large crowd of people “selfish,” Kelsea Ballerini also took to Twitter, to which Mickey Guyton replied with the same thoughts.
The concert venue further added that “prior to entering the venue, all guests were given temperature checks and at entry, free hand sanitizer was provided to everyone.”
They continued that all staff and vendors were advised to wear gloves and masks when interacting with guests and for purchase on-site, bandanas were available. In the signage posted across the property, they were unable to further enforce the physical distancing recommended and are looking into future alternative scenarios that further protect their crews, their employees, the artists and the attendees.- Advertisement -
In conclusion, the concert’s venue stated that from the top to bottom, they are re-evaluating the series, from adding stanchions to implementing further safety measures, to converting spaces to drive-in style concerts, to postponing shows.
Among other cities in August and September, according to the website of the “Lonely If You Are” singer, he’s set to play shows in Georgia and Kentucky in July. Other venues listed on Rice’s tour, however, are drive-in type facilities.