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Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo cancelled (update)

An emotional Scott Long says this pandemic has decimated the entertainment industry
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For the first time since 1979, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo will not go ahead.

Organizers say the safety of the public, cast, volunteers, production team and crew need to the top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It had been scheduled to start in late June.

Scott Long, Managing Director and Executive Producer for the Tattoo, is concerned about the impact the pandemic is having on the entertainment industry.

"Every sector, every industry is hurting right now," Long says. "When we do get over this, we hope people will see the importance of live entertainment."

He adds musicians, technicians and event planners will be gravely hit by the cancellations caused by the outbreak.

Long estimates upwards of 1,250 people from Finland, Germany, Ethiopia and South Korea will not be making the trip to Halifax this year, on top of a production crew of 80 who are now missing out on work.

An emotional Long adds discussions he has had with those in the entertainment industry have been emotional.

"None of these people know if they will have work for the foreseeable future and they don't know when they'll get back to work again," says Long.

Looking ahead to next year, Long says plans are already underway to come back from this year’s cancellation even stronger.

All tickets for the 2020 event purchased over the phone and online through Ticket Atlantic will be automatically refunded, which could take 2 to 3 weeks.

Those who bought tickets in person at the box office or other Ticket Atlantic locations should email

More information can be found online.

With files from Meghan Groff

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