The Dire Straits Experience will postpone its concerts in Israel after authorities refused to exempt band members from mandatory self-isolation upon arrival, the tour's Israeli production announced on Monday.
The Health Ministry told the production company that since the band will be arriving from the UK they cannot allow the tour to take place on its original dates. The UK is on Israel's list of high-risk countries and travelers arriving from there must self-isolate upon arrival.
The production company lamented last week "the recklessness and lack of flexibility with which the Health Ministry operates and the lack of authority on the part of the Culture Ministry leaves producers dumbfounded."
They announced that the original August tour dates will be pushed to October and that tickets purchased for the original dates will also be good for the new ones.
The Dire Straits Experience is a tribute band to the iconic 80's rock group the Dire Straits which is known for timeless hits such as "Sultans of Swing" and "Money for Nothing".
The Experience is led by Chris White, who played saxophone for the original lineup, which disbanded more than two decades ago, and is joined on stage by the UK's finest musicians.