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Country Music Hall of Fame extends closure through the end of July

View Pictures/Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesDue to the continued threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has once again extended its shutdown. The downtown Nashville location will now remain closed to the public through July 31.

In a statement, the Hall of Fame CEO Kyle Young stressed the importance of keeping visitors and staff safe, especially as COVID-19 case numbers rise in Tennessee and beyond.

“With the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in Nashville and throughout the country, we determined it was necessary to extend our temporary closure to protect the health of our staff and guests,” he explained. “We look forward to welcoming guests and having them explore our galleries once again. When we reopen, we want to make sure it is in the safest possible environment.”

Before making the decision not to re-open as originally planned in June, the Hall of Fame had already decided to cancel in-person events — such as performances, screenings, summer camps, the internship program and family programming — through the end of July.

However, the Hall of Fame is helming a number of online offerings to tide country fans over until it’s safe to re-open. Would-be visitors can listen to episodes of the museum’s Voices in the Hall podcast, watch its weekly Songwriter Sessions live on Instagram, and enjoy a number of family-friendly online workshops.

By Carena Liptak
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Mommy-shamed Maren Morris considers “curbing” how many pictures she shares of baby Hayes

ABC/Image Group LASince Maren Morris welcomed baby Hayes this spring, she and her husband, fellow artist Ryan Hurd, have been sharing plenty of adorable snapshots of him on social media.

However, the singer says that might change, in part because she’s been the target of some mommy-shaming.

This week, Maren posted a photo of herself and Hayes enjoying a day at the lake, wearing matching swimsuits and sunglasses and riding on board an inflatable boat. Of course, one Twitter user had to chime in and ask why Hayes wasn’t wearing a life jacket.

While many fans jumped to Maren’s defense, the singer explained that she has to deal with that kind of commentary every time she shares a picture of her son.

“Honestly, I get so many criticisms of my motherhood on anything I post of Hayes, so I may just discontinue posting photos of him,” she responded. “Sucks but it’s kind of where I’m at.”

Among those who chimed in to support Maren: fellow country artist Mickey Guyton, who encouraged her not to take the Twitter trolls’ words to heart.

“You’re an amazing mother and those that have something to say don’t deserve to see this beautiful life you’ve created in love,” Mickey wrote.

In response, Maren thanked Mickey for the support, saying that she and Ryan had been considering scaling back how much they share about their baby for other reasons, too. Still, she admitted that the negativity she was facing was especially hurtful, since so much of it was coming from other moms.

“We talked about curbing posting photos anyway now that he’s a little bit older, but the added crap from (mostly other moms) folks definitely forced our hand,” Maren pointed out.

By Carena Liptak
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“Stay safe and patient…”: Brooks & Dunn postpone their Reboot Tour to 2021

ABC/Image Group LAAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a threat, Brooks & Dunn are postponing their planned 2020 Reboot Tour until next fall. The tour’s launch date has been moved from this fall to September of 2021.

It’s not the first time concerns over the virus have caused the superstar country duo to push their trek, which will be the first they’ve embarked on together in a decade. The Reboot Tour was originally planned to kick off in the spring of 2020. The pair changed those plans in March, hoping that it would be safe to tour again by the fall. However, it’s still too dangerous for large groups of people to gather.

“Brooks & Dunn’s Reboot 2020 Tour is proactively being rescheduled to 2021 out of an abundance of caution,” the band wrote on social media, explaining that tickets will be honored on the new dates and refunds will be available for anyone who can’t make it to the show in 2021.

“We want to thank you guys for your understanding,” they added. “Stay safe and patient, and we can all be together soon!”

Many other artists, including Kenny Chesney, Maren Morris and The Zac Brown Band, have also wiped their 2020 tour calendars clean in the interest of slowing the virus’ spread. Some acts, like Garth Brooks and Keith Urban, have tried to find creative ways to safely perform, even experimenting with a drive-in concert format.

As the months begin to pile up since the COVID-19 shutdown took effect, however, a few artists have chafed at the shutdown. Chase Rice and Chris Janson both played live shows last weekend, subsequently facing harsh criticism from other artists for putting their fans and crew at risk for exposure.

By Carena Liptak
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