One expects officials in a state like California to crack down hard on a large group of people gathering to praise God. In fact, they have.
Health officials in Nashville has launched an investigation into an event held on Oct. 11, in which a large crowd gathered in front of the Metro Courthouse. Sean Feucht wrote on Twitter that a police officer escorted him out and that “9,000-10,000 worshippers” were there.
Nashville Metro Health Spokesman Brian Todd said the event organizer did not apply to the Health Department or request a permit from any Metro department.
“We have worked very hard to slow the spread of COVID by taking a measured approach to protect the community,” Todd wrote in an email. “The Health Department is very concerned by the actions that took place at the event and we are investigating and will pursue appropriate penalties against the organizer.”
An attendee named Natasha told FOX 17 News the event “Let Us Worship” was a “beautiful, peaceful night.”
“Last night, it was absolutely a place where none of that existed,” Natasha said in an interview. “It was a place of unity. A place of one voice. A place of love, a place of peace, a place for everybody to come who have struggled with these topics that have been happening.”
On Monday Police Chief John Drake issued the following statement:
“At a time when Nashville has been making real progress at controlling the spread of the coronavirus, I am greatly disappointed that the organizer of Sunday’s event and those in attendance did not better prioritize their health and the health of others through social distancing and the wearing of face coverings. Personal responsibility is a necessity regardless of the purpose for a public event.”