Footage from the weekend festival shows a crowd of hundreds of fans, with few, if any, wearing face masks or distancing.
Many are not happy about Chase Rice performing for a concert crowd despite the danger of the COVID-19 virus spreading and killing people!
Country singer Chase Rice posted video of his concert in East Tennessee with the words "We Back", on the same week state health officials reported the biggest one-day jump in people testing positive for the coronavirus. "My biggest thing is y'all".
'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, ' Rice added. "Glad to be back at it", Janson wrote to a fan. He said that fans' safety is a huge priority and said his next show will be a drive-in show in Kentucky. "You can take your trucks, take your cars".
"All local requirements were abided by for the recent concert, and numerous precautions were taken", VP of Brushy Mountain Group Brian May said in a statement. "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".
In addition, "vendors and staff were advised to wear masks and gloves" - though it is not mandated - and hand sanitizer was provided to attendees.
Tennessee's current guidelines for reopening recommend that event venues "operate in a manner such that persons from different households or small groups are able to substantially maintain 6 feet of separation from other persons or small groups outside their own group during their visit".
Now, Chase is responding to the backlash and he says his next show will be a drive-in concert where he wants fans to follow social distancing rules.
The public response to the video has been heated, as musicians and media alike have chastised Rice for flaunting the ongoing efforts to stem the rising coronavirus numbers in the U.S. In Tennessee, where the concert was held, the number of new coronavirus cases per day has been trending upward throughout the month of June. Idaho had 5,350 cases and 91 deaths.