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Corey Taylor Details SLIPKNOT's Stringent Internal COVID-19 Policies On Tour

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Being out on the road right now must be very stressful. Apart from the day-to-day stress of touring, you also have to worry about not coming in contact with anybody that might give you the 'rona and possibly derail the whole tour. So precautions need to be put into place, and Corey Taylor recently detailed what Slipknot goes through on tour.

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Taylor revealed to Oral Sessions With Renée Paquette “All the bands are super rad and so stoked to be back on the road. And we have such stringent restrictions that everybody is really, really happy about it. We’re doing our best to kind of set the standard so other bands, other tours can kind of come around and follow the example.

“Basically, [we’re playing] Live Nation-only venues, which require all staff to be vaccinated. It also means that at the gigs, you can either show a vaccination card or a negative test to come in. And it basically means that you’re masked at all times backstage. If someone pops positive, they’re quarantined and they stay behind.

“We’ve only had two outside crew people test positive, and we have been lucky enough, once that happened, we have tested every day — all the crews of all the bands, all the [members] of all the bands, all the bus drivers; everyone — to make sure that we’re all negative. So it’s an arduous process, but it’s a necessary process to make sure that we keep this machine on the road. There are so many moving parts, there are so many people in so many different positions that you don’t even realize that you can trace back contact with one of them through, like, six other people. You just never know — one person on the outside gets it, they have contact with three people who are close to you [and] boom, you’re exposed. So it’s a juggling act, trying to make sure that we keep it in check.”

You can hear the entire interview below. Here are Slipknot's remaining tour dates with Killswitch Engage, Fever 333 and Code Orange.

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10/19 Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre [Tickets]
10/20 West Palm Beach, FL @ iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre [Tickets]
10/22 Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek [Tickets]
10/23 Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre [Tickets]
10/26 Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP [Tickets]
10/28 Del Valle, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater [Tickets]
10/29 The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion [Tickets]
10/30 Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion [Tickets]
11/1 Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater [Tickets]
11/2 Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion [Tickets]
11/5 – Los Angeles, CA — Banc of California Stadium (Knotfest Los Angeles) [Tickets]

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