Tennessee Recklessly Holds First Concert Since the Coronavirus Outbreak

Lawrence Kim
June 30, 2020

Almost 48 hours following his controversial performance at Petros' historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary outside of Nashville, Chase Rice has responded to social media complaints about the lack of social distancing and mask wearing at the show that drew around 1,000 people.

Rice posted a video to Instagram on Monday (June 29), in which he did not outright apologize for his decision to play the show - "I understand that there's a lot of varying opinions, a lot of different opinions on COVID-19, how it works with live music crowds and what all that looks like", he says - but instead offered up his honest concern for fans and an invitation to comply with heath-related best practices at an upcoming show. With a 10,000 capacity, 4,000 people were allowed in, but social distancing was not practiced and masks were not worn. On Twitter, one user said, "Chase Rice just played a concert to an enormous crowd of unmasked fans here in Tennessee". Country pop star Kelsea Ballerini tweeted: "Imagine being selfish enough to put thousands of people's health at risk, not to mention the potential ripple effect, and play a NORMAL country concert right now". Following online backlash for the concert, Rice deleted the video from his IG.

'My biggest thing is y'all. "Glad to be back at it", Janson wrote to a fan. "Take your trucks, take your cars, you have your own space, you can get out of your cars, you can get out of your trucks and party with me".

"So, moving forward, I have a show in Ashland, Kentucky on Friday and it's a drive-in show", he said.

He said fans can take their trucks and cars and "have your own space" at the show, though he encouraged fans to still participate.

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. All vendors and staff were advised to wear masks and gloves when interacting with guests, and bandanas were available for purchase on-site".

Tennessee now allows concert venues to open at below 50% capacity.

"We were unable to further enforce the physical distancing recommended in the signage posted across the property and are looking into future alternative scenarios that further protect the attendees, artists and their crews and our employees".

Chase insists he wants everyone to have fun but be safe, and the good news is his upcoming shows should be safer by design. because they're mostly drive-in concerts.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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