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Travis Tritt Cancels Four Shows Due To COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

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Country music fans were dealt a brutal blow on Monday when Travis Tritt announced the cancellation of four shows on his current tour, due to COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

The following shows will no longer take place:

  • Muncie, Indiana- Oct. 23
  • Philadelphia, Mississippi- Nov. 6
  • Peoria, Illinois- Nov. 11
  • Louisville, Kentucky- Nov. 13

Tritt put out a statement via his website, expressing his disdain for COVID-19 vaccine mandates, while apologizing to his fans.

“I’m putting my money where my mouth is and announcing that any venue or promoter mandating masks, requiring vaccinations, or pushing COVID testing protocols on my fans will not be tolerated,” Tritt said. “Any show I have booked that discriminates against concert-goers by requiring proof of vaccination, a COVID test, or a mask is being canceled immediately. Many people are taking a firm stand against these mandates around the country, and I wholeheartedly support that cause.

“I have been extremely vocal against mandates since the beginning. This is a sacrifice that I’m willing to make to stand up for the freedoms that generations of Americans have enjoyed for their entire lifetimes. There are plenty of promoters and venues around the country that appreciate fans and the freedom of choice in this great country, and those are the promoters and venues that I will be supporting.”

The “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” singer is taking a stand, sacrificing thousands of dollars in revenue by canceling the shows, but it’s something he’s felt strongly about since he began touring again in 2021. He joins rock artist Eric Clapton as one of the two most high-profile artists to cancel shows due to vaccine mandates.

In an interview with Billboard.com, Tritt said that three other dates and venues on his tour require vaccination from attendees and he will be reaching out to those venues for confirmation and will provide an update on the status of those shows.

Tritt told Billboard that he is not anti-vaccine but will not stand for others pushing it upon his fans.

“I totally disagree with any mandate that would force people to go against their better judgement or would attack their personal freedoms. That’s why I am making this stand,” Tritt said. “And I know, straight up, it’s definitely gonna cost me money and that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.” 

Written by Nick Geddes

Nick is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Nick is a life-long sports fan who is proud to say he suffered through 15 years of Bucs futility to witness a Super Bowl victory in 2020. Nick has a passion for writing and is proud to represent OutKick. Follow me on Twitter @NickGeddesNews and on Instagram @nick.geddes.

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