Chase Rice, who co-wrote Florida Georgia Line’s hit song Cruise, and Ignite The Night country singer, performed on Saturday with a crowd of spectators. 

The star country singer has received some backlash for performing at an event where social distancing guidelines were not being utilized. 

Many news outlets reported 4,000 in attendance. However, event organizers released 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,” said May. “All guests were given temperature checks prior to entering the venue and free hand sanitizer was provided to everyone at entry. All vendors and staff were advised to wear masks and gloves when interacting with guests, and bandanas were available for purchase on-site.”

Event organizers have stated, “all local requirements” were met. 

As reported on USA Today, Rice, 34, performed Saturday in Tennessee to a packed, standing-room-only crowd with no visible masks, since-expired videos from Rice’s Instagram story show. The singer captioned the videos “We back” with an emoji wearing sunglasses. 

These videos sparked a backlash with many fellow country music stars commenting on safety concerns. 

One star to comment was Kelsea Ballerini. 

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

Chase Rice has yet to comment. 

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