Travis Tritt canceled several shows in places he disagreed with
Country singer Travis Tritt has canceled tour dates in protest of vaccine and coronavirus testing mandates.
On Monday, the artist announced on its website that it has canceled upcoming shows on October 23 in Muncie, Indiana, November 6 in Philadelphia, Mississippi, November 11 in Peoria, Illinois, and November 13 in Louisville, Kentucky. All of which were reportedly in need of some form of COVID-19 mandate.
“I am putting my money where my mouth is and declaring that any venue or promoter requiring masks, vaccinations, or advancing COVID testing protocols on my fans will not be tolerated,” he said in a statement. “Any show I’ve booked that discriminates against concert goers because of the need for proof of vaccination, a COVID test, or a mask is going to be canceled immediately.”
The 58-year-old continued to note that he believes there are more than enough places across the country that are prepared to ignore the COVID-19 safety guidelines that he will continue to book and perform.
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“Many people across the country are taking a strong stand against these mandates and I wholeheartedly support this issue,” he said. “I’ve been extremely vocal against the mandate from the start. It’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make to stand up for the freedoms that generations of Americans have enjoyed throughout their lifetimes. Lots of promoters and locations across the country who appreciate fans and freedom of choice in this great country, and they are the promoters and venues I will support.”
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Speaking to Granthshala News, Tritt previously railed against the vaccine mandate on his show.
“In light of recently announced policies and mandates from certain entertainment companies, promoters and local municipalities that will discriminate against specific concert attendees who have not been vaccinated, I feel compelled to make a statement ,” he began. “I have always been a great defender of basic human rights and freedoms for all. No government, employer or private entity should ever be allowed to infringe on those rights and freedoms.”
Meanwhile, there have been nearly 726,201 deaths due to the coronavirus in the United States as hesitation over vaccines persists in parts of the country where infection rates are often high. The Centers for Disease Control states that vaccines are “both safe and effective.”
In an effort to convince the doubters, CDC website notes: “Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense security surveillance in US history.”