Country Stars Criticized for Packed Concerts During Pandemic

Country stars Chase Rice, Chris Janson play packed concerts without masks amid coronavirus

People on social media pointed out the lack of masks and social distancing.

The singer immediately faced criticism over hosting the gig, with many suggesting he has a disregard for public health, including fellow country star Kelsea Ballerini, who called Rice "selfish" online.

U.S. country music star Chase Rice has responded to criticism after he played a packed concert to hundreds of fans.

Rice posted video on Instagram of his packed show at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, which is a music venue about three hours east of Nashville in Petros.

In a since-deleted Instagram video, Rice posted footage of the concert with fans standing shoulder to shoulder in a massive crowd with the caption, "we back".

'My biggest thing is y'all. Y'all are why I get to write songs, y'all are why I get to tour the country, why I get to do live shows and sing these songs to you guys and you guys sing them back. "You guys are everything to me, so your safety is a huge priority", he stresses.

Chase had a couple shows in the planning stages for the weekend of July 25 at Tiger Drive-In in Georgia that were completely scrapped late Monday night.

He also said that, 'the safer we are now, the quicker that we get to actual, normal, live shows, which is what I know we all want.

The company that owns the Tennessee venue where Rice performed told Fox News that despite appearances, it was complying with local requirements on social distancing.

In terms of safety precautions, the venue offered the following: "All guests were given temperature checks prior to entering the venue and free hand sanitizer was provided to everyone at entry". Meanwhile, all vendors and staff were advised to wear masks and gloves when interacting with guests.

Tennessee's current guidelines for reopening recommend that event venues "operate in a manner such that persons from different households or small groups are able to substantially maintain 6 feet of separation from other persons or small groups outside their own group during their visit". They go on to say they were unable to further enforce physical distancing their signage recommended, and are looking at alternatives for future shows ... including adding stanchion dividers, implementing a drive-in style arrangement, or just postponing concerts outright.



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