Social media was lit up after Chase Rice shared videos of a throng of fans attending his June 27th show at the abandoned Brushy Mountain Penitentiary in Petros, Tennessee with little regard to the six-feet safe social distancing or PPE.
A fan tweeted about the show. Even TMZ shared the video of the crowd that Chase shot from the stage. While capacity for the venue is normally 10,000, only 4,000 fans were allowed into the show. In watching the video, it’s obvious that there are a ton of people not practicing social distancing. And it didn’t seem as though many were wearing a face mask. Even worse, the audience participated in a sing-along which we all know means singing at the top of your lungs – which is sort of like coughing or spewing coronavirus molecules.
According to venue, they did the best they could and will try harder next time. They also indicated that all local requirements were followed and that numerous precautions had been taken.
The Brushy Mountain group said there were less than 1,000 in attendance and there was ample space in the lawn area for fans to spread out to "their own comfort level." They also added that all guests had their temperatures checked before being allowed to enter the venue and that hand sanitizer was provided to all who entered. Also, all vendor and staff were advised to wear masks and gloves, and bandanas were available for purchase. They went on to say that they will look at alternatives for upcoming shows - perhaps dividers or using a drive-in style or even postponing concerts.
Coronavirus numbers are reportedly on the rise in Tennessee, however, Morgan County, where the show took place, is showing a lower number of cases.
Nonetheless, folks on social media are outraged. One example is below...
Chase's 2020 acoustic tour continues into September.
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