With the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, the fate of BTS‘s Map of the Soul world tour remains uncertain.
Last week, Live Nation announced the postponement of touring arena shows until the end of March, to prevent the virus from spreading further.
— billboard (@billboard) March 12, 2020
Levi’s Stadium, the first stop on the North American leg of BTS’s tour, also posted a notice. Beginning on March 13 until further notice, the stadium has closed its doors for planned sporting events.
— Levi's® Stadium (@LevisStadium) March 12, 2020
Currently, many cities in the US, and around the world, are on lockdown and/or practicing social distancing, banning large gatherings such as concerts, and closing establishments where large amounts of people normally gather such as schools, restaurants, and stadiums.
So far, only the Seoul stop on BTS’s tour has been canceled. Big Hit Entertainment is monitoring the situation and has promised to inform fans of any changes.
The world tour is under discussion and [our decision] will be announced as soon as it is finalized.
— Big Hit Entertainment
According to Korean media, Big Hit Entertainment’s staff has now begun to work from home. Meanwhile, BTS’s members are continuing to rehearse their vocals and choreography in the practice rooms, hoping that the situation will improve.