The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is being cancelled for the first time ever due to the coronavirus pandemic

Tattoo spokesperson Leyna Faulkner confirmed the cancellation in a statement on Thursday.

“The Tattoo has been celebrating the bond of friendship since 1979 never missing a beat, but sometimes the show cannot go on,” Faulkner said. “Public safety and the safety of our cast, volunteers, production team and crew are our first priorities.

“Although it may seem premature to cancel at this time, a show as large and complex as ours with an international cast requires extraordinary lead time when planning for any scenario.”

Faulkner said all tickets purchased over the phone or online will automatically be refunded, which could take up to two to three weeks.

“We had so looked forward to once again bringing our audience an awe-inspiring show,” she said. “This year would have marked the Tattoo’s 42nd annual production – a unique longevity that not many similar organizations have the privilege of experiencing.”

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