Chase Rice Claims Fan Safety Is a “Huge Priority” After Performing to a Giant, Mask-less Crowd

Mehera Bonner
Photo credit: Instagram
Photo credit: Instagram

From Cosmopolitan

Coronavirus cases are surging across the United States, yet for some inexplicable reason, Chase Rice (who you might remember from Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor) decided it was a good idea to go on tour and pack a buncha people into a room with no masks. What could go wrong? Oh, right: the global pandemic we’re currently in the midst of.

Chase came under fire for performing to a packed audience in Tennessee—which recently reported its highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases—over the weekend, and he just responded to backlash, claiming he’s concerned for everyone’s safety.

“I understand that there are a lot of varying opinions, a lot of opinions on COVID-19, how it works with live music crowds and what all that looks like,” Chase said in a video posted to Instagram. “My biggest thing is y’all. Y’all are why I get to write songs. Y’all are why I get to tour the country, why I get to do live shows and sing these songs to you guys and you guys sing them back. You guys are everything to me, so your safety is a huge, huge priority.”

Hmmm, if safety was a huge, huge priority you’d think the tour would be postponed, right? But it does sound like Chase is attempting to step things up at future venues. He urged fans to “take your trucks” to his next “drive-in show” in Kentucky, saying, “You can get out of your cars, you can get out of your trucks and party with me. Please do sing the songs, but stay in your own space and the people you came with.”

The country singer ended the video saying, “Please go by the rules. Please go by the laws on this Friday show coming up and the shows moving forward, so we can get to regular shows soon enough.”

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