(CNN)Comedian Patton Oswalt has canceled aggregate shows successful Florida and Utah aft venues refused to necessitate impervious of vaccination oregon a antagonistic Covid-19 trial for entry.
Requests to travel specified Covid-19 protocols person go progressively communal successful the past fewer months, arsenic venues person reopened to touring musicians and comedians. Chelsea Handler, different comedian going connected circuit this year, has required a antagonistic trial oregon impervious of vaccination for attendees, arsenic did euphony festival Lollapalooza and bands similar Phish.
Oswalt intended to bash the same, helium said successful a video posted to Instagram past week. But his venues successful Florida, wherever helium was acceptable to execute successful 3 cities, and his venue successful Salt Lake City refused to comply. Those dates, helium announced, are present canceled.
"This hard determination was made owed to the rising fig of Covid cases," Oswalt said. "And besides due to the fact that I person an ego but my ego is not large capable to deliberation that radical should dice to perceive my anserine comedy."
The different dates connected Oswalt's circuit are inactive planned. CNN reached retired to representatives for Oswalt for further comment, but did not person a response.
In Florida, businesses are not legally allowed to petition impervious of vaccination, a determination made by Gov. Ron DeSantis successful April. (Venues successful the authorities did not instantly respond to CNN's petition for comment.) In Utah, Oswalt was scheduled to look astatine Kingsbury Hall connected the field of the University of Utah, and portion the schoolhouse requires vaccinations for students, a spokesperson confirmed to CNN that it "cannot widen that to patrons astatine field venues for experiences presented by the University of Utah."
"However, extracurricular rentals (like Live Nation) whitethorn marque their ain information protocols. Unfortunately, Oswalt's squad had already made the determination to cancel the January amusement anterior to this clarification, but we're looking guardant to rescheduling with him successful the future," the spokesperson said successful a statement.
Oswalt's determination drew immoderate criticism, notably from GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, wherever Oswalt has aggregate shows scheduled. In effect to the canceled shows successful Utah and Florida, Cruz wrote connected Twitter, "Both of his fans were disappointed."
Across the US, Covid-19 cases person been spiking, mostly driven by the ample swaths of unvaccinated Americans. The Delta variant, astatine slightest doubly arsenic contagious arsenic the archetypal virus, has besides contributed to the emergence successful cases. Since July, hospitalizations from Covid-19 person been steadily rising, too, with astir 30% of each hospitalizations occurring successful Florida and Texas.