Rice shared on Instagram footage from her show, held Saturday at the Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Petros, Tennessee, which disappears after 24 hours.
The video has since been shared on several other social media accounts.
Brushy Mountain is a former prison more than 130 miles east of Nashville that has been converted into a museum and concert venue.
The footage showed a crowd without masks that were together, singing and jumping as Rice, 34, persuaded them to get off the stage.
When CNN contacted him for comment, a Rice spokesman passed on a statement from Brian May, vice president of Brushy Mountain Group, stating, “All local requirements have been met due to the recent concert, and a number of precautions have been taken.”
“We have drastically reduced our maximum seat capacity from 10,000 to 4,000 maximum capacity (50% lower than the state recommendation) from less than 1,000 (954 tickets sold with 809 tickets scanned) on Saturday night, providing ample space on the open lawn for fans to expand according to their own level of comfort, “the statement said. “All guests are provided with a temperature check before entering the venue, and a free hand cleaner is available to all.”
Vendors and staff “were advised to wear masks and gloves while interacting with guests, and bandanas were available for purchase on the spot,” the statement said, but the place was unable to further perform the physical distance recommended in signs posted across the property. and deal with future alternative scenarios that further protect attendees, artists and their teams and our employees. “
Local government officials did not immediately respond to CNN’s request to confirm whether the organizers met local requirements.
Artist from the country, Kelsea Ballerini, criticized Rice in a tweet for touring the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Imagine being selfish enough to risk the health of thousands of people, not to mention the potential reality effect, and playing a NORMAL country concert,” tweeted Ballerini (26). “@ChaseRiceMusic, We all want (and need) a tour. We care enough about our fans and their families to wait.”
Another country singer, 37-year-old Mickey Guyton, tweeted in response, “An absolutely selfish act. Be ashamed of him.”
Performers across the music industry had to stop touring in the midst of a health crisis because festivals, exhibitions and events were canceled or became virtual.
In March, he complained about quarantine with a song called “Dear Corona.”
“Dear Corona, you don’t know the heart of the country’s fans / you don’t know we haven’t cursed,” Rice sang in a video she posted. “So you can suggest Stagecoach / But you have to understand / That you don’t know the heart of the country’s fans.”