- The decision to cancel the services was made after Houston State mayor declared a public health emergency
- This followed the area's first possible non-travel related case of coronavirus
-The church will stream its service via several platforms including Facebook Live and YouTube
- The emergency declaration will run for seven days when the city will determine further steps
- The USA has reported more than 1 300 coronavirus cases
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Revered Pastor Joel Osteen's Houston megachurch has cancelled Sunday's services over the COVID-19 outbreak.
This was after Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner declared a public health emergency on Wednesday, March 11, following the area's first possible non-travel related case.
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According to a Facebook post by the church, it will stream its service via several platforms.
They will include Facebook Live, YouTube, AppleTV, JoelOsteen.com and LakewoodChurch.com and Sirius XM.
"...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." said the church.
"While there will be no services held at the church building located at 3700 Southwest Freeway this weekend, we will continue to monitor the situation week by week," it added.
The city's emergency declaration began on Wednesday, March 11, and will run for a minimum of seven days when the city council will meet to determine further steps.
"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," it church said.
Aside from cancelling services in person, many churches have taken steps to sanitize sanctuaries'
It includes changes in how Communion is given, reducing personal contact during greeting times, and reduce things like passing offering plates during the service.
The United States of America (USA) has reported more than 1 300 coronavirus cases.
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Source: Briefly News