Although coronavirus cases continue to soar in the United States, country musician Chase Rice held a completely un-socially distanced concert in Tennessee over the weekend.
Here in Australia we’re still under restriction amid 7,500+ cases of COVID-19, the U.S. hardly has any current restrictions amidst a massive 2.59 million (and still rising) positive cases. Despite the rising cases, Tennessee played host to a completely un-distanced concert held by country star Chase Rice.
Now taking the heat after having multiple photos and video footage shared of the concert, Chase Rice is under fire for the videos of the event showing zero distancing or face masks.
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.”
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. @ChaseRiceMusic, We all want (and need) to tour. We just care about our fans and their families enough to wait. 🤷🏼♀️ https://t.co/eJaLnGu28k
— Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) June 28, 2020
Talking with Variety, Brian May, Vice President of the Brushy Mountain Group who hosted the concert noted that despite the footage, ” all local requirements were abided by for the recent concert, and numerous precautions were taken.”
“We drastically reduced our maximum venue capacity of 10,000 to 4,000 maximum capacity (lower than the state’s advisement of 50%) with less than 1,000 in attendance Saturday night, providing ample space in the outdoor lawn area for fans to spread out to their own comfort level,” May detailed.
“All guests were given temperature checks prior to entering the venue and free hand sanitiser 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.”
Although these regulations were in place at the Chase Rice concert, May noted that the crowd was not keen on following the guidelines, and that they’re evaluating how they handle future events:
“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. We are reevaluating the series from the top to bottom — from implementing further safety measures, to adding stanchions, to converting the space to drive-in style concerts, to postponing shows.”