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Country Singer Chase Rice Sparks Outrage For Hosting Concert For 1000 People

Rae Batchelor 29 Jun 2020

While we're all feeling anxious and desperately wanting to return to our normal lives and activities once the current coronavirus pandemic ends, there are some people who are definitely trying to return to normal as soon as possible, including musicians.

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Country singer Chase Rice is coming under fire for his attempt to return to normal in a way many are calling too quick.

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The "Eyes On You" and "Lonely If You Are" singer, who is also known for his appearance and performance on Peter Weber's season of The Bachelor, has recently drawn backlash and sparked outrage for choosing to perform a concert for a packed crowd that were not wearing masks or socially distancing, at least in the footage he shared.

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Chase shared a video to his Instagram story of the packed audience captioned "We back."

Many fans were not happy that Chase would host a concert to such a large crowd during the pandemic.

"Again, you can live your life while still acting responsibly. Your choices affect others, whether you care or not," one fan tweeted after sharing a video of the crowd at Chase's concert.

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Fellow country singer Kelsea Ballerini called Chase out on Twitter.

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"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. @ChaseRiceMusic, We all want (and need) to tour. We just care about our fans and their families enough to wait," she tweeted.

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A spokesperon for the concert venue made a statement proclaiming that "numerous precautions were taken."

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They said, "We drastically reduced our maximum venue capacity of 10,000 to 4,000 maximum capacity (lower than the state’s advisement of 50 percent) 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."

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"All guests were given temperature checks prior to entering the venue and free hand sanitizer was provided to everyone at entry," they continued.

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What do you think? Were these precautions enough, or was it irresponsible of both Chase Rice for hosting the show and the audience for going to the show during this pandemic? Let us know how you feel in the comments!

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