A country music fan who attended a packed Chase Rice concert over the weekend said she wasn’t concerned that people were not wearing masks or social distancing.
“Everybody was close but it was kind of your own discretion. If you wanted to do it, you didn’t have to do it,” concertgoer Courtney Harris told NBC’s “Today” show.
“I feel like we’re all eventually going to get it at one point whether you wear a mask,” she added.
Rice and fellow country music singer Chris Janson have come under fire after videos showed large crowds at their concerts. Rice held a show on Saturday at the Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Tennessee while Janson performed at the Gordy’s Hwy 30 Music Fest in Idaho.
Roughly 1,000 fans flocked to the historic penitentiary in Petros for Rice’s outdoor show. The venue told NBC News in a statement Tuesday that it complied with all local safety requirements and took the necessary precautions.
“All guests and employees were given temperature checks prior to entering the venue and free hand sanitizer was provided to everyone at entry,” Brian May, vice president of Brushy Mountain Group, said. “All vendors and staff were given masks and gloves to wear when interacting with guests, and bandanas were available for purchase on-site.”