A recent Texas event at the First Baptist Church on Sunday featured a choir of more than 100 people without facemasks.
According to the organizers, about 2,200 people attended the “Celebrate Freedom Rally” in the Lone Star state, and featured a speech by Vice President Mike Pence.
The members of the choir put their masks back on between songs and had space between them, although it is unclear if it was the recommended six feet.
According to pool reports from the event, wearing facemasks were “strongly encouraged” at the event, and about half the crowd was wearing a type of face covering.
The Vice President, along with Texas Senator John Cornyn and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, wore a mask when they arrived.
Pence took off his mask as soon as he began speaking, and commended Governor Greg Abbott for his “courageous and compassionate leadership.”
“Working with your governor, we will put the health of the people of the Lone Star state first, and every single day, we will continue to reclaim or freedom and our way of life as each day we are one day closer to the day we put this pandemic past and when we do, with this governor and this president, we will bring Texas and America bigger and better than ever before,” the Vice President said.
Abbot and his coronavirus response advisers briefed Pence on the dire situation in Texas after the event, and the governor later on told reporters that the virus has taken a “very swift and a very dangerous turn in Texas over just the past few weeks.”
The Lone Star state has become a coronavirus hotspot after they attempted to aggressively reopen the economy, reaching the number of daily new cases hit a record high Thursday of nearly 6,000.
This forced the governor to issue an executive order limiting certain businesses and services in order to prevent further community spread.