Harry Styles’ extensive tour of the U.K. and Europe will be rescheduled to 2021 due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
With several European states entering lockdown and closing their borders to fellow EU states, there was simply no way Styles could take his show on the road in the coming months.
“Anyone who knows me, knows that performing has always been my favorite part of working in music,” Styles explains in a post on his socials. “However, during times like these, the safety and protection of touring crew, fans, and everyone else around the world is an immediate priority.”
The former One Direction star also took the opportunity to remind fans to self-isolate during the health crisis. “We’re all in this together,” he explains. “I can’t wait to see you out on the road as soon as it’s safe to do so. Until then, treat people with kindness.”
New dates in support of his chart-topping sophomore solo album Fine Line are set to begin from Feb. 12, 2021 in Bologna, Italy.
The Brit’s Love On Love trek was originally set to kickoff in his homeland this April with a run of arena dates, followed by a pan-European jaunt running through June.
There’s no announcement yet on Styles’ North American dates, which are scheduled to start in late June.
Styles’ change of plans come just days after the U.K.’s prime minister Boris Johnson announced a nationwide lockdown to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. All social events have been banned in Britain, including weddings, and new restrictions are in place on public gatherings of more than two people.