Kelsea Ballerini slams fellow country singer Chase Rice for crowded concert during pandemic

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Kelsea Ballerini has slammed fellow country singer Chase Rice for his concert performance as coronavirus cases in the US continue to rise.

Rice played a concert in Tennesee on Saturday, June 27, disregarding any social distancing norms, as he packed fans into a venue.

The 'Homecoming Queen' singer spoke on Twitter about his decision, quote-tweeting people who shared photos of an unmasked crowd clumped together.

She wrote: "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."

Rice previously posted a clip from the jam-packed show on his Instagram captioned, "We back," but has since deleted it after people were outraged by the lack of social distancing.

Brian May, VP of the Brushy Mountain Group, which hosted the Rice concert at the historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, told Variety that “all local requirements were abided by for the recent concert, and numerous precautions were taken.”

May said: “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. 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.”

The Petros, Tennessee venue has more country concerts coming up, including a performance by Kip Moore.

The website for the venue promises to observe social distancing guidelines. Coronavirus cases in Tennessee continue to "explode" according to Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Stewart, who says the southern state's efforts are “woefully inadequate in a state where cases of COVID-19 are exploding.”

This is just the beginning of Rice's tour. He is heading to Kentucky and Georgia next.