- Joel Osteen, a world-renowned preacher, has shut down his church over coronavirus that is currently spreading
- Osteen took the decision saying it will affect Sunday services and that worshippers would have to watch live streams henceforth
- The church also listed some of the platforms through which worshippers can follow its activities
As the dreaded coronavirus continues to spread across nations and continents, world leaders in the various spheres of human existence including churches are taking measures to curb more new cases.
Joel Osteen, a world-acclaimed preacher of the Christian gospel, is one of those who are poised to stop the spread of the virus. Osteen shut down his megachurch to Sunday services, according to fresh reports.
The report said the preacher took the decision after Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner declared a public health emergency on Wednesday, March 11, following the area's first possible non-travel related case.
The church, in a message on social media including Facebook, the worship centre would now stream its service via many available platforms.
The church named the platforms to include Facebook Live, YouTube, AppleTV, JoelOsteen.com and LakewoodChurch.com and Sirius XM.
The message said: "...The fact that Lakewood draws such large numbers of international visitors each week, it's leadership has decided not to hold public services this weekend."
It added that while there will be no services held at the church building which is situated at 3700 Southwest Freeway on Sunday, March 15, the worship centre said: "We will continue to monitor the situation week by week."
The emergency declaration started in Houston on Wednesday, March 11, and will run for a minimum of seven days when the city council will meet to determine further steps.
The church further stated: "We apologize for any inconvenience caused...we feel that this move is necessary to ensure the well being of all of the citizens of this city, especially the vulnerable among us."
Apart from Osteen's church, some others have established different ways of curbing the spread of the virus. These include how communions are administered.
The United States of America (USA) has reported more than 1,300 coronavirus cases.
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