American country singer Miranda Lambert has cancelled her Australian tour amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The 36-year-old shared the news to Instagram on Sunday, explaining that she is ‘so sad’ she won’t be able to perform in Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland following the restrictions on large gatherings.
‘Australia, as you may have already heard, the Australian government has put restrictions in place, banning gatherings of more than 500 people,’ she wrote.
‘I’m so sad we won’t be able to play some country music for y’all! I’ll be thinking of you and hope that you stay safe and healthy,’ she said.
Miranda was set to perform at Sydney’s Hordern Pavillion on March 24 and Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena on March 26.
She was also going to be performing at the CMC Rocks event in Queensland on the March 22.
Frontier Touring and Chugg Entertainment’s website says they are ‘working with the artists to determine if dates can be rescheduled to late 2020 or early 2021’.
This comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison said non-essential gatherings of more 100 people indoors and 500 people outdoors have been banned.
He also encouraged people to practice social distancing, and to maintain a 1.5 metre distance when possible.
In a speech on Wednesday morning, Mr Morrison also warned Australia ‘won’t look like it normally does’ for the next six months.
‘We are looking at a situation of at least six months for how we deal with this. It could be much longer than that,’ he said.
There are 561 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Australia as of Wednesday afternoon.
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