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Pearl Jam cancels first leg of tour, including Baltimore show, amid coronavirus concerns

As the number of people who contract coronavirus continues to climb, popular rock band Pearl Jam announced Monday night that it is canceling the first leg of its tour.

The band was expected to play March 28 at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena. But the band said it is following public health officials’ recommendations and avoiding public gatherings by canceling the first leg of the tour, a statement on its website said.

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“Unfortunately, communing in large groups is a huge part of what we do as a band and the tour we’ve been busy planning for months is now in jeopardy,” the band said. “We have and will always keep the safety and well-being of our supporters as top priority.”

The Seattle-based band also said it has seen firsthand how the novel disease is escalating, with their children’s schools closing along with universities and businesses.

“We’ve worked hard with all our management and business associates to find other solutions or options but the levels of risk to our audience and their communities is simply too high for our comfort level,” the band said.

No dates have been rescheduled yet, but the band said ticketing website Ticketmaster will be in touch with buyers soon and that previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new dates.

Maryland has six confirmed cases of the coronavirus. There are more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19 globally and more than 500 in the United States in 34 states.

The state of Washington has had 22 deaths, most of them in the Seattle area.

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