Many Christian artists are temporarily halting their tours and advising fans to look to Jesus as countries implement different measures to stave off the spread of the new coronavirus.
As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 184,900 people worldwide have tested positive for COVID-19 and 7,529 people have died, according to the World Health Organization. The average age of those who’ve died is 80.
On Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that there not be gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks to reduce the virus’ spread. As a result, tours worldwide are being canceled.
“When we’re out on the road, my heart is to give you a place to escape, a space to laugh, dance, sing, and experience joy without worry,” Lauren Daigle shared on her Instagram account. “In response to the COVID-19 developments, we’ve decided to reschedule all our upcoming shows…through 4/29.”
Daigle was on the road, headlining her first world tour and said she will refund purchased tickets for the dates canceled.
She added: “We love you all so much, and we are doing our best to keep everyone’s health & safety in mind. May the peace of Christ cover you in this time. Please keep those impacted in your prayers. Our hearts go out to all of you!”
TobyMac also suspended some of the tour dates for his “Hits Deep Tour 2020.”
“It is with a heavy heart but a responsible mind that I have to announce that the remaining 10 shows of the Hits Deep Tour are being postponed until August. We are at this very moment completely set up in Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock and regretfully, but responsibly won’t be able to play tonight. We love you guys and are so thankful for you. We encourage you to be safe, pray, and care for your families. We have faced so much lately, but I am holding on (with everything in me) to the promise that He will never leave or forsake us. He is a Good, Good, Father and I will stand on that,” TobyMac wrote on Instagram.
Amy Grant also announced her decision to reschedule a string of tour dates beginning March 14 in Durham, North Carolina, and running through April 9 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“The band and I have worked for weeks putting together a show we were so excited about sharing with everyone,” Grant said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law