Grand Ole Opry Cancels Performances That Include Live Audiences

You can still listen to the Opry on 650 AM WSM.

Written by Lauren Laffer
Grand Ole Opry Cancels Performances That Include Live Audiences
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - OCTOBER 22: Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban of The Oak Ridge Boys perform at the Grand Ole Opry House on October 22, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Following the lead of other performance venues, the Grand Ole Opry has decided to pause all performances that include live audiences through the next month. A statement was issued the famed organization to their mailing list that reads:

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. 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 Opry’s first priority has always been the safety of our employees, guests and artists who have been key in keeping the show that made country music famous on the air every week for over 94 years.

During this time, the Saturday Night Grand Ole Opry Show will return to its original format as a live radio broadcast without a live audience. Fans around the world can still tune in to the Saturday night broadcasts at and, Opry and WSM mobile apps, and its flagship home, 650 AM WSM.

Guests with tickets for performances through April 4, 2020 may contact Grand Ole Opry Customer Service at for rebooking information.

The Opry’s cancellation of live audiences follows suit of many other attractions, including Walt Disney, Universal Studios and others, all of which will close for the remainder of March. Live Nation has also paused tours around the world and will reevaluate next steps in April.

Sounds Like Nashville will keep you up to date with other cancellations and postponements as they are announced. Stay tuned here for more information.