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As we forge forward into this almost post-pandemic world, there are a number of businesses, big and small, taking a stand for what they believe in the realm of the coronavirus.
For companies such as Norwegian Cruise Lines, this means defying the Governor of Florida’s orders not to require proof of vaccination of their customers.
Now, as one country music artist looks to get back on the road, he, too is requiring that spectators at his shows be vaccinated as well, but the demand isn’t going over so well with certain venues.
Jason Isbell’s concert in Texas Wednesday was canceled due to his insurance that attendees be fully vaccinated from the coronavirus.
The Grammy-winning musician previously shared through his record label on Aug. 6 that he will require those who attend his concerts to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test from within the last 72 hours.
The star noted that he believes returning to live performing after a year of uncertainty caused by the pandemic has been “cathartic,” but fears anything less than these health and safety measures at his concerts could send the country back to square one and live performers back into lockdown.
“It’s been a truly cathartic and joyful experience to see people return to shows again, and we are committed to doing everything in our power to keep the crowds safe during this time,” the statement reads.
The show requirements were quite strict:
August 12, 2021
— Southeastern Records (@SoutheasternRec) August 6, 2021
Some have suggested that this sort of treatment of the unvaccinated is akin to segregation, at worst, or perhaps a soft-caste system as best.
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