Céline Dion postpones spring North American tour due to coronavirus

Despite recently testing negative for COVID-19, it seems the new coronavirus will still be taking a toll on Céline Dion‘s touring plans this spring — as it has for many, many other musicians.

On Thursday, the Canadian pop legend made the decision to postpone the remaining concert dates between March and April on the North American leg of her extensive Courage world tour.

The My Heart Will Go On singer announced the news on Twitter on Thursday, only days after she was forced to reschedule two U.S. gigs as a result of her falling ill with a common cold.

The delays will affect 17 additional tour dates, including six in Canada across four cities: Vancouver (April 17, 18), Edmonton (April 21, 22), Saskatoon (April 25) and Winnipeg (April 27).

The new concert dates have not been set, however, Dion, 51, has promised fans that they “will be announced shortly.”

Dion’s tour has been produced by AEG Presents (AEG), one of the world’s largest live-entertainment companies.

On Thursday, next to executives from Live Nation and several other event promotion companies, the CEO of AEG put a pause on all 2020 arena tours temporarily due to the growing concerns over the rapidly spreading virus — which was recently dubbed a global pandemic.

“The world’s leading forces in live entertainment have come together to form a global task force to drive strategic support and unified direction ensuring precautionary efforts and ongoing protocol are in the best interest of artists, fans, staff, and the global community,” read the joint statement, according to Variety.

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