BABYMETAL has announced refunds and a start time of 30 minutes ahead of time for the first 2 of the “10 BABYMETAL BUDOKAN” shows. This come after the Japanese government has declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and surrounding prefectures due to the rise of COVID-19 cases. Among the restrictions include events being restricted to half their capacity or up to 5,000 (whichever is lowest). Likewise, they are encouraged to close by 8 PM.
The start time changed from 7 PM to 6:30 PM in order to finish by 8 PM. They are also offering refunds to those that request them. So far, this is only for the January shows, not the 4 shows in February.
They also mention that the shows content will be changed from what was originally planned, though they do not mention what this entails.
Lastly, they are considering holding cinema screenings of these shows later on, as usual for their large shows.
They have decided not to cancel or postpone the shows, which has brought criticism from some fans. There are other groups performing at Budokan or similar sized venues that have not canceled their shows either, but several others have.
Full translation (using Deep L):
We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for your warm support to BABYMETAL.
In accordance with the emergency declaration issued on Thursday, January 7, 2021 and the emergency measures taken by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the scheduled performances of Babymetal “10 BABYMETAL BUDOKAN” DOOMSDAY – I – II in January will be rescheduled to finish by 20:00. We will change the opening and closing time of the show.
【DOOMSDAY-I] Tuesday, January 19, 2021
【DOOMSDAY-Ⅱ】Wednesday, January 20, 2021
<Before change> OPEN 17:30 / START 19:00
＜After Change＞OPEN 17：00 / START 18：30
In accordance with the above change, refunds will be issued for the two concerts held in January.
If you would like to receive a refund, please make sure to do so in person during the registration period.
Please note that we will not be able to accept any requests after this period.
There is no change at this time for the February concert, but we will discuss it as needed depending on the situation.
＜Period of acceptance＞
January 13, 2021 (Wed) 10:00 – January 17, 2021 (Sun) 23:59
Only those who purchased tickets for the performances on January 19 (Tuesday) and 20 (Wednesday)
Refunds will be made through Ticket Pia “Cloak”.
Please refer to the following page for instructions and be sure to complete the procedures before the refund period.
＜For inquiries, please contact＞
Ticket Pia: https://t.pia.jp/help/index.jsp
Based on the policies of the government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, as well as the guidelines of the Agency for Cultural Affairs for the prevention of the spread of the new coronavirus, we will implement thorough measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. We would like to ask for the understanding and cooperation of all visitors.
The performance may be changed depending on the future spread of the new coronavirus infection.
Please be sure to read the following information before attending the performance.
Guidelines for holding performances and requests to visitors
We are also considering holding a delayed viewing (cinema screening) of the Nippon Budokan performance. We will let you know when this will happen.
In light of the current situation, after careful discussions with the members, we have decided to make some changes to the content of the concert and hold it in compliance with the guidelines set by the government.
If you do decide to come to the concert, please make sure to take sufficient safety measures by referring to the “Guidelines for the Performance and Requests to Visitors”.