Nation singer Chase Rice is talking out after receiving backlash for internet hosting a crowded concert amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Saturday night time, Rice, 34, performed a concert in Tennessee the place hundreds of concertgoers have been packed into the venue, most of whom seem to not be carrying face masks, as is advisable to forestall the ongoing unfold of coronavirus.
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The singer instantly confronted criticism over internet hosting the gig, with many suggesting he has a disregard for public well being, together with fellow nation star Kelsea Ballerini, who called Rice “selfish” online.
On Monday, the “Lonely If You Are” singer took to Instagram to deal with the incident, saying that individuals “had a big problem with how the show looked, how the show went down.”
“I understand that there are 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 stated. “My biggest thing is y’all. Y’all are why I get to write songs, why I get to tour the country, why I get to do live shows, sings these songs to you guys and you guys sing them back.”
Rice stated that as a result of his followers’ “safety is a huge, huge priority,” his subsequent dwell efficiency might be a drive-in present.
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“So, moving forward, I have a show in Ashland, Kentucky on Friday and it’s a drive-in show,” he stated. “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. Please do, sing the songs, but stay in your own space, stay with the people you came with.”
The musician additionally harassed that “the safer we are now, the quicker we get to get to actual normal live shows, which I know we all want.”
He concluded: “Thank you guys for understanding, please go by the rules, please go by the laws on this Friday’s show coming up and the show’s moving forward so we can get to regular shows soon enough.”
The corporate that owns the Tennessee venue the place Rice carried out advised Fox Information that regardless of appearances, it was complying with native necessities on social distancing.
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“All local requirements were abided by for the recent concert, and numerous precautions were taken,” VP of Brushy Mountain Group Brian Could stated in a press release. “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 (954 tickets sold with 809 tickets scanned) in attendance Saturday night providing ample space in the outdoor lawn area for fans to spread out to their own comfort level.”
The corporate added that every one visitors got temperature checks prior to getting into the venue, which supplied free hand sanitizer and supplied bandanas for buy on-site. In the meantime, all distributors and employees have been suggested to put on masks and gloves when interacting with visitors.
Nonetheless, Could acknowledged that the venue wasn’t ready to implement numerous the social distancing pointers because it had hoped, and due to this fact plans to reevaluate the way it does live shows in the future.
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“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,” he concluded. “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.”
Fox Information’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report