US nation music star Chase Rice has responded to criticism after he performed a packed live performance to lots of of followers.
Gig-goers on the present in Tennessee, which is underneath a state of emergency, have been crowded collectively, with no social distancing and never sporting face masks.
Among these to criticise Rice was fellow nation singer Kelsea Ballerini, who known as him “selfish” on Twitter.
On Instagram on Monday, Rice informed followers to “please go by the rules” and that “your safety is a huge, huge priority”.
Saturday’s gig at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary was the primary present in Rice’s tour of venues chosen for his or her social distancing capabilities.
An estimated 1,000 individuals attended the present after restrictions have been applied on the 10,000-capacity venue, however Rice posted a video exhibiting a big crowd standing shut collectively in entrance of the stage.
Further dates are set to comply with in Kentucky, Georgia and Virginia.
Tennessee has seen an increase in coronavirus instances previously few weeks. The state reported its highest ever an infection rely on Friday with 1,410.
Ballerini accused Rice of placing the well being of hundreds of individuals in danger.
Rice mentioned on Instagram: “I perceive that there is plenty of various opinions, plenty of totally different opinions on Covid-19, the way it works with reside music crowds and what all that appears like.
“My greatest factor is y’all. Y’all are why I get to write songs, why I get to tour the nation, why I get to do reside reveals and sing you songs and also you guys sing them again. You guys are every part to me, so your security is a big, enormous precedence.”
Rice went on to affirm his drive-in present in Kentucky this Friday, 3 July, can be going forward.
“You have your own space, you can get out of your cars, you can get out of your trucks and party with me,” he mentioned. “And the most important factor for all of us is the safer we are actually, the faster we get to precise regular reside reveals, which I do know all of us need.
“Thank you guys for understanding, please go by the principles, please go by the legal guidelines on this Friday present developing and reveals shifting ahead.”