The Grand Ole Opry is returning to its roots.
Now through April 4, the show will return to its original format as a live radio broadcast without a live audience. The decision was made due to the global outbreak of coronavirus.
The Opry notified fans of the change in an email on Friday.
“The Grand Ole Opry stands by the motto of the Circle can’t be broken. Throughout the Opry’s history, various events have led Opry management to make difficult decisions about how to alter the show’s format,” the email begins. “In an effort to maintain health and safety amid current COVID-19 concerns, the Grand Ole Opry, the world’s longest-running radio show, will pause performances that include a live audience through April 4.”
The email went on to explain that the Grand Ole Opry’s first priority is the health and safety of its employees, guests and artists.
Fans will be able to listen to the live broadcast on Saturday night at Opry.com and wsmonline.com.
Guests who previously purchased tickets for the affected shows can contact the Opry’s customer service for re-booking information.
The news comes just after President Trump declared a national emergency due to the global pandemic.