Kevin Morby has taken the decision to cancel his planned tour dates amid the current coronavirus pandemic.
While a number of musicians have attempted to postpone tours in a bid to find new dates, the uncertainty surrounding the current situation has led to Morby cancelling shows and refunding tickets instead.
“With a heavy heart I must cancel the April OMG Tour,” Morby said in a post on social media. “You can get refunds at point of purchase. I know this won’t come as a huge surprise and people have been asking, but I have no doubt that it’s the right thing to do in this moment. A lot of these shows were close to selling out a month ahead of time and for that, I would like to say thank you. I will especially mourn my hometown show in Kansas City.
Morby added: “Please know that I will soon return to you all. For now—let’s please think of those around us and uphold our social responsibility. We are living in a new world but as human beings, we are at our best when met with new challenges. Brief yourself on the news but keep it at that—brief. Read that book and listen to that record and take that walk you’ve been meaning to take but please practice social distancing.
“The quicker we tackle this thing, the quicker we can return to life as we once knew it. In the meantime, I’ll be jumping on IG Live this Thursday, March 19th at 8 PM CST with my girlfriend (Katie Crutchfield) to play some songs and meet some of you and hear some of your stories and see how you’re doing. Peace to you all.”
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of 16 March, more than 173,000 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 6,600 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 150 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy and Spain, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.