Country singer Chase Rice is facing criticism from fans and artists after video of a performance this weekend showed a large group of attendees squeezed in together while not using face coverings.
Rice shared video from his program, held Saturday on the grounds of the Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Petros, Tennessee, on Instagram stories, which disappears after 24 hours.
The video has been shared on several other social media accounts.
Brushy Mountain, formerly a prison more than 130 miles east of Nashville, has been converted into a museum and show venue.
The video revealed a mostly mask-less crowd packed in together, singing and jumping as Rice, 34, advised them on from the stage.
Rice’s staff responded with the following: “All local requirements were followed for the current performance, and numerous safety measures were taken.”
” We significantly reduced our optimum location capacity of 10,000 to 4,000 maximum capability (lower than the state’s advisement of 50%) with less than 1,000 (954 tickets offered with 809 tickets scanned) in attendance Saturday night offering ample space in the outdoor lawn area for fans to spread out to their own convenience level,” the declaration checked out. “All guests were provided temperature level checks prior to getting in the venue and liberty sanitizer was provided to everyone at entry.”
Vendors and staff “were recommended to wear masks and gloves when interacting with visitors, and bandannas were available for purchase on-site,” according to the declaration, however the place was “unable to additional enforce the physical distancing suggested in the signs posted throughout the home and are looking into future alternative scenarios that even more safeguard the participants, artists and their teams and our staff members.”