Bikini Kill have become the latest band to be affected by the outbreak of coronavirus and have cancelled their eagerly anticipate live reunion dates.
The iconic punk band, who were due to perform a number of shows this week, had planned to kick off a string of US and Canadian tour dates in Olympia, Seattle and in Victoria in but have instead decided to postpone the shows.
Taking to social media, the band said: “Bikini Kill regrets to announce that we’re postponing our NW tour,” they confirmed in a statement.
“We take the health and safety of our supporters, crew and opening bands very seriously, and given the situation in Seattle as well as the lack of information about the actual infection rate of the surrounding areas, it doesn’t make sense for us to go forward with any of the shows in the region.”
They added: “We’re extremely disappointed and look forward to rescheduling the dates as soon as we can. Refunds will be offered for all the shows.”
Bikini Kill also urged fans to donate to the vulnerable people of Olympia: “Our shows in Olympia were going to benefit the Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter who offer shelter and services to homeless people in Olympia, an especially vulnerable population who will be among those hardest hit by the impacts of this health crisis. Please consider making a donation to them.
The ongoing epidemic of coronavirus disease was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 12th, 2020, more than 126,135 cases have been confirmed, of which more than 8,000 were classified as serious.
With more than 4,630 people having died from the virus, most of which have come in different provinces of China, coronavirus has now spread to 110 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America.