WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Kelsea Ballerini called out Chase Rice and Chris Janson on social media for holding concerts in the middle of a global pandemic.
- Brushy Mountain Group assured that numerous precautions were taken before the concert, but admitted failure in implementing recommended physical distancing.
- Rice insisted that he understands the situation, but said “I don’t think it’s as big of a deal that people are making it out to be,” downplaying the situation.
Kelsea Ballerini joins thousands on the internet, blasting other country singers for holding jam-packed concerts on Saturday, in the middle of global pandemic.
“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,” Ballerini said on social media, sharing a video of Rice’s concert.
Rice held a jam-packed concert at Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Petros, Tennessee. The country singer posted the video on social media, where the people demonstrated apparent disregard for social distancing.
“@ChaseRiceMusic, We all want (and need) to tour,” she added. “We just care about our fans and their families enough to wait. 🤷🏼♀️.”
Brushy Mountain Group said “all local requirements were abided by for the recent concert, and numerous precautions were taken,” in a statement released, but admitted that management was unable to enforce recommended physical distancing protocols. “We are looking into future alternative scenarios that further protect the attendees, artists, and their crews and our employees.”
Saturday, Janson posted about his performance at Hwy 30 Fest in Filer, Idaho. The country singer removed these posts the following day.
Tennessee announced 1,410 new cases, the largest single-day increase since the outbreak. This is recorded on the day before the concert. This confirms increased number of coronavirus cases in the recent weeks, now with over 40,000 confirmed cases and more than 580 coronavirus-related fatalities.
Rice talked about social distancing and other regulations implement in response to the pandemic. He said that this was an opportunity for him and his “buddies” to hangout more and build meaningful connections.
“I’m not gonna stay in my house, I’m not gonna let anyone tell me I need to stay home,” he said. “I’m gonna go to my buddy’s house, I’m gonna go to another buddy’s house, it’s like we got three houses that we keep going to. I personally don’t see anything wrong with it.”
“So if you consider that breaking the rules, yeah, I’ve broken them with the best of ‘em,” he said. I had a blast and I don’t think we put anybody in danger. It’s been fine.”
Rice is downplaying the rising number of cases of the coronavirus in the country. The singer insisted that he understands the situation, but said “I don’t think it’s as big of a deal that people are making it out to be.”