Several Christian artists including Lauren Daigle and TobyMac have canceled their planned 2020 tours amid coronavirus quarantine in some countries.
As of March 20, the confirmed cases of the COVID-19 are now 245,670 worldwide. The disease has a mortality rate of only 4%.
As the coronavirus is affecting many people worldwide, safety precautions are being implemented by governments to stop the virus from spreading, which has included quarantine in some countries.
On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a statement recommending to limit gatherings to only 50 or less. That limitation should be observed for the next eight weeks to avoid further spreading of the virus. With that being said, world tours for Christian artists are being canceled.
Award-winning Christian singer Lauren Daigle was on the road for her first world tour when this crisis began. Lauren posted on Instagram announcing that her tour would be postponed and that she will be refunding all the tickets purchased.
“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 wrote on her Instagram post. “In response to the COVID-19 developments, we’ve decided to reschedule all our upcoming shows…through 4/29.”
Lauren also urged everyone to pray for those being affected.
“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 at this time. Please keep those impacted in your prayers. Our hearts go out to all of you!”
Christian rapper TobyMac also canceled his remaining shows for the “Hit 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. And 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 also shared on Instagram.
Some more Christian artists including Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, and For King & Country also canceled their planned tours. But, they are assuring everyone that there’s still hope if we put our trust to Jesus Christ.
“In what people have referred to as uncertain times, I am certain of this: God is in control and loves us more than we can even imagine,” Smith said in a statement. “I rest in Him and I trust Him. I look forward to rescheduling these concerts and doing what I feel God has called me to do.”
Reference: The Christian Post