Country star Travis Tritt cancels shows at venues with COVID vaccine, testing and mask policies
MARIETTA, Ga. (WVLA) – Country music legend Travis Tritt announced Monday that he is canceling several shows at venues with COVID safety measures, calling for mandatory vaccines and the results of tests discriminating against his fans.
Tritt is canceling four shows in the cities listed below because they require “proof of COVID vaccination, mask warrants or testing.”
- Muncie, Indiana, October 23
- Philadelphia, Mississippi, November 6
- Peoria, Illinois, November 11
- Louisville, Kentucky, November 13
“It’s a sacrifice I’m prepared to make to defend the freedoms generations of Americans have enjoyed their entire lives,” Tritt said. “I apologize for any inconvenience this situation creates for anyone who has purchased tickets for these shows. We will try to reschedule unrestricted shows in these areas as soon as possible. “
Shows that do not have warrants will continue as scheduled.
Late Monday night, Tritt took to Twitter and told people to “hold the line.”
Tritt received nine Grammy nominations during his career and won the award twice.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a larger medical community have found that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and side effects are rare.
The nation’s star is taking a stand against COVID-19 security protocols amid a global pandemic that has killed more than 726,000 people in the United States and led to more than 45 million cases, according to John Hopkins.
Meanwhile, the delta variant continues to spread rapidly as patients – an overwhelming number of them unvaccinated – are hospitalized and die in cities across the country.
Dr Joshua Sharfstein, associate dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, believes the rejection of immunization mandates is largely politically motivated.
“There is an aspect to it now that has to do with our country being so divided,” Sharfstein said. “It has become so politicized that people cannot see the value of a life-saving vaccination. Our own divisions prevent us from ending a pandemic. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.