BTS are putting the brakes on their upcoming tour of North America.
On Thursday, the K-pop superstars announced the tour, scheduled to kick off on April 25, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak that’s sweeping across the U.S.
However, European dates scheduled for the summer are remaining in place as scheduled for the time being.
BTS previously cancelled four dates in its homeland of South Korea due to the coronavirus. While fans received refunds for their tickets, more than 11,000 of them generously donated their refunds to the nation’s coronavirus relief efforts, ultimately contributing a half-billion won (approximately $410,000).
You can read the full announcement below:
“Hello. This is Big Hit Entertainment.
We would like to inform you that there will be some adjustments to the upcoming BTS MAP OF THE SOUL TOUR – NORTH AMERICA schedule in order to make sure that we put the safety of everyone involved first and foremost.
The BTS MAP OF THE SOUL TOUR – NORTH AMERICA, originally scheduled to take place from April 25th to June 6th, will be rescheduled to a later date. All tickets will be honoured for the new dates. Information on new show dates will be shared as soon as possible.
We are closely monitoring and following the guidance of all local governments regarding public events to ensure we are providing a safe environment for everyone involved as we continue to update our tour plans. We will share additional information regarding these new concert dates shortly.
We ask for your further patience and understanding as we continue to work to bring you the best and safest concert experience as soon as we can.”
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are asked to self-isolate for 14 days in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others.
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.
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