Reba McEntire says she and her boyfriend contracted COVID, despite being vaccinated.
The beloved country singer used the time to urge her fans to wear masks to avoid spreading the virus. “I did get it, Rex and I both got it. We’re both vaccinated, and we still got it,” the singer confirms.
“This has been a hard year and it’s getting rougher again,” McEntire says. “You guys, please stay safe. Wear your mask. Do what you have to do. Stay home.”
Reba McEntire had planned on hitting the road for another tour in a few months. Now she says she’s re-thinking that strategy as the delta variant continues to cause a surge in virus cases.
“I have no idea what plans for next year are,” she admitted to fans who were curious about her touring plans. She’s not the only icon who is re-considering their touring plans this year. Limp Bizkit has canceled the rest of their tour, while Stevie Nicks has done the same.
The former Fleetwood Mac singer posted a short statement about her decision on Monday. “These are challenging times and with challenging decisions that have to be made. I want everyone to be safe and healthy and the rising COVID cases should be of concern to all of us,” Nicks says. “While I’m vaccinated, at my age, I am still being extremely cautious and for that reason have decided to skip the five performances I had planned for 2021.”
“Because singing and performing have been my whole life, my primary goal is to keep healthy so I can continue singing for the next decade or longer. I’m devastated, and I know fans are disappointed, but we will look towards a brighter 2022.”
The low vaccination rates across much of the country may impact 2022, though. At a recent concert in Kansas City of 74,000 people, only 35 left with a vaccine from the on-site vaccination center. It highlights how public safety is no longer a major concern for many Americans.
Fall Out Boy has also dropped several dates from their Hella Mega Tour with Green Day, Weezer, and The Interrupters. That’s because someone on the band’s touring team tested positive for coronavirus. “It’s important to note that everyone on the entire tour, both band and crew, are fully vaccinated,” the band’s statement reads.