Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison SwiftMcAuliffe releases ad hitting Youngkin over his latest call for audit of voting machines On The Money — Presented by NRHC — Democrats cross the debt ceiling Rubicon Hillicon Valley — Presented by American Edge Project — Facebook experiences widespread outage MORE has a message for those who refuse to adhere to coronavirus guidelines: Think of the essential workers.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the pop star discussed the impact the coronavirus outbreak has had on her and the creation of her newest album, "Folklore."
The singer said that she's been troubled witnessing mask-less groups gathering at bars on Lower Broadway in Nashville, her hometown, as the pandemic rages on.
"God, you hope people would respect it and would understand that going out for a night isn't worth the ripple effect that it causes," she said. "But obviously we're seeing that a lot of people don't seem to have their eyes open to that — or if they do, a lot of people don't care, which is upsetting."
Nashville is in phase 3 of its reopening plan. Under current city guidelines, restaurants can operate at 50 percent capacity and groups of up to eight can congregate at a time.
Swift, named one of Entertainment Weekly's Entertainers of the Year, discussed one of her new tracks, "Epiphany," which pays homage to her grandfather who served in World War I. The track draws a connection to the present-day battles health-care workers are facing.
"I did a lot of research on my grandfather in the beginning of quarantine, and it hit me very quickly that we've got a version of that trauma happening right now in our hospitals," Swift said.
The singer paid tribute to the essential workers who are putting their physical and mental health at risk amid the pandemic.
"You just immediately think of the health workers who are putting their lives on the line — and oftentimes losing their lives," she said. "If they make it out of this, if they see the other side of it, there's going to be a lot of trauma that comes with that; there's going to be things that they witnessed that they will never be able to un-see."