The Christian Post reports:
Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church announced Thursday that all worship services are being canceled to help contain the coronavirus. After Houston, Texas, Mayor Sylvester Turner issued a health emergency on Wednesday for the city of Houston and Harris County following the area’s first possible non-travel related coronavirus case, the church decided to take safety precautions to help decrease the virus’ spread to non-infected people.
In an email alert to members, Lakewood Church said: “In consideration of today’s public health emergency declaration on COVID-19 by Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner, along with the fact that Lakewood draws such large numbers of international visitors each week, Lakewood’s leadership has decided not to hold public services this weekend,” Lakewood announced in its statement.
Osteen’s arena-sized church seats 16,000 and he typically fills it three to four times a week.