President Trump Suspends All Travel From Europe: What Does This Mean For Artists at C2C Festival?

President Donald Trump announced new travel restrictions from Europe to the United States during an address to the nation from…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 11, 2020


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Concert Crowd; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

President Donald Trump announced new travel restrictions from Europe to the United States during an address to the nation from the Oval Office on Wednesday (March 11). The announcement was made in an effort to combat the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and protect the health of Americans.

“To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days,” Trump said.

The new restrictions will begin Friday (March 13) and do not include travel from the United Kingdom.

The announcement comes just before the kick-off of C2C: Country to Country Music Festival, which scheduled to take place in cities across Europe Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15. Artists currently scheduled to perform include Eric Church, Luke Combs, Darius Rucker, The Cadillac Three, Runaway June, Brett Young and many more.

Luckily, for them, it appears they will be able to return to the United States via flights from the U.K., however, it is unclear whether or not the new travel restrictions will affect the festival.

Gabby Barrett was on her way to London on Wednesday but was no longer able to make the trip. She shared the news via Instagram stories, apologizing to fans for not being able to make it.

“Unfortunately, we will not be able to go. They are shutting everything down due to the coronavirus,” she explained.

Luke Combs’ fiance, Nicole, who is overseas with the country superstar, took to Twitter upon hearing the news of the travel band from Europe, writing, “On my way home tomorrow. F*** this.”

This story is developing and will be updated as more information is released. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.