Country-music star Travis Tritt will be canceling shows at all venues requiring COVID vaccinations, negative tests or masking as a condition to attend, Outsider reported.
The fear-mongering narrative is breaking down. People who stand up against this narrative scare the hell out of those who promote fear. Hold the line and stand strong. ???
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) October 19, 2021
“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 in a press release. “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.”
Tritt has already canceled four of his upcoming shows in Indiana, Illinois, Mississippi and Kentucky.
He stated that it was “a sacrifice [he’s] willing to make to stand up for the freedoms that generations of Americans have enjoyed for their entire lifetimes,” in reference to the personal financial impact of his decision.
“There are plenty of promoters and venues around the country that appreciate fans and the freedom of choice in this great country,” he continued. “Those are the promoters and venues I will be supporting.”
Some artists, such as Colter Wall and Garth Brooks, have opted out of touring altogether to avoid the controversy surrounding COVID restrictions.
Others, like Eric Clapton, have done similarly to Tritt and have only canceled at the more stringent venues.
Tritt, who has been a vocal critic of the COVID lockdowns since their beginnings, still has 13 shows planned for this year.