A pastor from Bethel Church in Redding, Calif., Held a prayer service Sunday protesting coronavirus prevention measures on the California State Capitol grounds. He claims more than 12,000 people were in attendance, reports CBS Sacramento.
Adoration Pastor Sean Feucht has given Christian concerts in the United Statesdespite local orders against large gatherings.
Damp rails against the preventive measures to stop theon the grounds that the freedom to practice religion is violated.
“Powerful politicians and social media giants have committed outrageous abuses of religious freedom, silencing believers, banning our voices and directly attacking our God-given right to declare goodness,”
Thousands have attended Feucht’s events that are more reminiscent of a rally or concert than a prayer service.
As can be seen from the videos of the rally, social distancing was not enforced and many, if not most, of the participants did not wear face masks.
The infectious disease expert, Dr. Dean Blumberg said it was possible that there were many people in the gathering who were potentially infectious, either pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic, and could beto others.
“This is really a recipe for the transmission and can lead to further outbreaks, not only with the people present, but also with their contacts,” said Blumberg.
The California Highway Patrol’s Guidelines for Personal Protests on the grounds of the Capitol no longer limit the number of people who can participate in constitutional first amendment activities. However, for events, a strict physical distance of at least 6 feet should be implemented between attendees.
“This is a high risk meeting and I would recommend people to quarantine themselves after they are in such a situation,” said Blumberg.
Blumberg said this was not the time to let go of our watch.
“People have to realize that there are still about 100 deaths a day in California. So we have to take this seriously or that number will increase,” he said.
Blumberg said he would not recommend testing for those who attended the Sunday worship service as testing capacity is still limited in California. However, if you develop symptoms, you should contact your doctor.