Country singer Chase Rice facing criticism after playing Tennessee concert

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Posted at 7:54 AM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 10:05:08-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Country singer Chase Rice is catching criticism for playing a concert in Tennessee as COVID-19 cases continue to surge.

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.

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

Kelsea Ballerini was among those calling Rice out, tweeting in part: "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."

The venue says it followed state guidelines, including reducing capacity from 10,000 to 4,000 and requiring temperature checks at the door.