In a statement given to fans, tour promoter Live Nation said the tour had been postponed until further notice out of concern for safety of punters, crew and staff.
In addition, Styles gave his own statement saying he hopes the shows can go ahead next year.
Everyone’s health and safety remains our top priority, which is why I unfortunately have to postpone all 2020 shows in…
“Everyone’s health and safety remains our top priority, which is why I unfortunately have to postpone all 2020 shows in South America, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand until further notice,” Styles said.
“I really hope to play the shows as planned for 2021 but will continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks and months. I can’t wait to see you all on the road as soon as it’s safe to do so.”
The announcement came shortly after ticket company Ticketek told fans on social media earlier this week that the tour would still be going ahead in November and December as originally planned, to the doubt of many.
The Harry Styles Australia & New Zealand tour is proceeding as planned and we are excited to welcome everyone to the events in November and December.
In the event of a cancellation, exchanges and refunds will be processed according to AU/NZ consumer law.
— Ticketek Australia (@Ticketek_AU) September 12, 2020
Following some backlash to the tweet, Ticketek offered a further statement shortly after, saying it takes instructions from Live Nation and was “urgently seeking clarification” on the matter.
Live Nation has also encouraged punters to hold on to their tickets until new dates are announced, but has recommended contacting the point of purchase for more information.
Update to Harry Styles Fans: Ticketek takes its instructions on any news on the Harry Styles tour from the promoter, Live Nation Australia. We are urgently seeking clarification from the promoter and will be back to fans as soon as we have further information from them.
— Ticketek Australia (@Ticketek_AU) September 14, 2020
The tour was set to kick off in November, hitting dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane before wrapping up in Perth in early December.