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This country music star says concert vaccine mandates are meant to divide people

Country music superstar Travis Tritt criticized COVID-19 vaccine mandates for concert venues.

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Travis Tritt performs in Nashville, Tennessee.

Travis Tritt performs during the CMA Fest at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. Tritt has been critical of concert venues that require vaccines to attend.

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Country music superstar Travis Tritt is swearing off any concert venues that have vaccine mandates, saying they’re meant to divide people rather than unite.

Tritt told Fox News that his 75 shows haven’t led to super-spreader events.

  • “We have done about 75 shows so far this year, all over the country, and in spite of the fact that some people would try to label these as being ‘super-spreaders,’ the actual numbers don’t reflect that at all,” Tritt told “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
  • “As a matter of fact, quite the opposite. In most of these areas, we have seen the COVID numbers actually drop dramatically over the last few weeks and months, and so it came as quite a shock to me and a lot of my fans when during the first week of October, a lot of these shows had restrictions placed on them, not by the state, not by the local city government, not by the local health department and municipalities, but by the actual promoters and venue owners.”

Tritt said concert venues that require COVID-19 vaccines for concertgoers end up pushing people away and dividing people, according to Fox News.

  • “These people have been shut out from getting a chance to go see concerts for over a year, and they are finally getting a chance to do that again, and now they are being turned away for some unexplained reason, so this is not about following the science or trying to look out for the safety of the people there. This is about something else. This is trying to divide people,” Tritt said.

Concert venues have different rules when it comes to attending shows. In Utah, some locations require COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test before attending. You can read a breakdown of different concert venues here.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people avoid large events and gatherings to stay safe from the novel coronavirus.

The CDC said people should consider the number of COVID-19 cases in a community, potential exposure you might face during travel and the length of the event, among other factors.

  • “Organizers should continue to assess, based on current conditions, whether to postpone or cancel large events and gatherings, or significantly reduce the number of attendees for events,” according to CDC. “If organizers are unable to put safety measures in place during large events and gatherings, they may choose instead to host a virtual event.”