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Michael Bublé cancels Austin concert after Erwin Center declines to expand COVID-19 protocols

UDPATE: In a statement posted to Twitter on Monday night, Bublé apologized for the canceled show, noting that he's always loved performing in Austin. 

"I'm not a political person. My commitment to complete my tour after all the postponements was agreed to under the terms that it would not put a single person in danger," the statement said.

Bublé noted that enhanced safety protocols had been put in place for all his shows. Unable to facilitate those protocols at his Austin show, he had "no other choice but to cancel. My conscience and my heart wouldn't allow it," he said in the statement. 

Canadian singer-songwriter Michael Bublé has canceled his Austin appearance at the Frank Erwin Center on Sept. 20 after the venue did not accommodate his request for more stringent COVID-19 safety protocols. 

"Though The University of Texas is confident in the health and safety protocols and procedures that are in place for large scale events, we are not in a position to expand on those as Michael Bublé requested," a representative from the Erwin Center said in a statement. 

The statement did not detail how Bublé wanted the Erwin Center's safety protocols expanded, but a message posted to his official Twitter account in late August said that either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test would be required for entry to all shows on the upcoming tour. 

Michael Buble performs at the Frank Erwin Center in August 2014.

The COVID-19 safety page on the website for the Erwin Center says nothing about screening upon entry for events, but it notes that social distancing markers are placed at each door. 

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"For individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have weakened immune systems, social distancing is optional but recommended," the guidelines say. 

Per university guidelines masks are recommended, but not required, at the arena which has a capacity of over 15,000. 

The Erwin Center announcement said tickets purchased by credit card through Texas Box Office would be automatically refunded within 30 days. Ticket holders can email ticketoffice@erwin.utexas.edu with questions.

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