Garth Brooks cancels upcoming tour dates due to COVID-19 Delta variant

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Country music star Garth Brook has announced that he has canceled upcoming tour dates due to the number of Delta COVID-19 infections continue to increase in the United States.

After resuming touring last month, Brooks would perform in Cincinnati on September 18, Charlotte on September 25, Baltimore on October 2, Foxborough on October 9 and Nashville. The latter had not yet been rescheduled after heavy rains in July.

“In July, I sincerely thought the pandemic was behind us. Now, watching this new wave, I realize that we are still in the fight and that I have to do my part,” Brooks said in a statement included in a statement.

“It is therefore with a heavy heart that we announce the decision to cancel the 5 shows but with a heart full of hope, we will reschedule and start again when this wave appears behind us,” he added.

According to the press release, around 350,000 tickets will be reimbursed and new concert dates will be rescheduled in 2022.

A spokesperson for the tour said the team will continue to monitor the impact of the virus and watch how schools, sports and other entertainment venues are handling this phase of the pandemic.

Brooks, who recently received a Honor of the Kennedy Center, said he hopes to be back on tour before the end of the year, but wants the experience to be as safe as possible.

“The joy that I saw on everyone’s faces at the return of live music has more than earned our constant diligence in maintaining safety protocols not only for the fans, but for our band, team and working staff. tough in those stages, ”Brooks said. . “Their dedication to the safety of those in these seats has been a miracle to watch and a blessing to receive. I am truly grateful.”

Like Brooks is the latest among many artists who have canceled dates or taken action to keep fans safe in the middle of a increase in COVID-19 cases. Stevie Nicks announcement earlier in August she was canceling her remaining 2021 performance dates, Grammy-winning Jason Isbell told “CBS This Morning” that he required everyone who attends his concerts to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

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