Oklahoma mega-church sprinkles backlash amid Kovid spike to hold ‘Friendsgiving’

A Tulsa, Oklahoma, mega-church raged on social media after announcing that it would be an indoor “friendship” event on Sunday, to bring participants to a neighborhood amid growing Kovid-19 cases in the state Encouraged.

Victory Church has recently come under fire for its large-scale indoor events, with some tweeting the church “Shame.”

“You should be ashamed of yourself. People are going to die because you have made money in people’s lives in a global pandemic in your little Jesus concerts,” one person TweetedWith a picture of an incident in the church.

Photographs from the church’s recent events, including a concert on Tuesday with an estimated 2,500 people in attendance, appear to show hundreds of people on platforms such as Twitter, without masks or faces, according to The Kansas City Star K, are tightly packed into the building. coverings.

Local regulations in Tulsa require that gatherings with 500 or more attendees be required to submit a Kovid-19 security plan for approval to the Tulsa Health Department two weeks prior to the event.

“I understand that we are all trying to do our part. We are as a church, but we are a church. We are not going to reject people and drive people out because they put their mask on Take off, ”Vijay Church pastor Paul Dogiratty told NBC News to KJRH, the concert’s aide.

The Victory Church, which reportedly has a membership of 13,000 people, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.

According to the Tulsa Health Department, as of Saturday, Kovid-19 had 5,000 active cases in Tulsa County. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, there were 31,413 active cases in Oklahoma as of Saturday.

In this month, Tulsa has reported some of its highest daily affairs totals since the onset of the epidemic, according to the Star.

As the case progressed, angry Oklamans resorted to social media to chase the church for their actions.

“I am disappointed that basic safety standards measures are not even being looked at … I miss the church and I would love to be able to worship and feel closer to others. But I do get sick or possibly someone And fear of getting sick. ” God is not impressed by it. It’s a shame, “another wrote.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that, thanks to this, Americans avoid traveling if possible. If attending a thanksgiving ceremony, the CDC recommends all attendees wear masks and stay six feet apart. Additionally, the CDC recommends instead of isolating the individual, people celebrating Thanksgiving do so to prevent the spread of the virus.

Victory Church’s “Friendsgiving” was scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm ET (12:30 pm CT). It was not immediately clear how many people planned to participate.

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