A large “worship protest” is expected to draw 15,000 individuals to the National Mall in Washington, DC this weekend.
The event, hosted by evangelical singer and former Republican congressional hopeful Sean Feucht, will take place on Sunday. It is the last stop on Feucht’s “Let Us Worship” tour, reports NBC News.
The event is set to include prayer, singing and mass baptisms. Feucht’s tour has traveled to cities around the country amid the pandemic, in part to protest restrictions on large gatherings, including religious gatherings, the outlet reports.
When Feucht was denied a permit for his tour in Seattle last month, he penned an op-ed published in The Federalist that he is holding these “worship protests” during COVID-19 because “God is moving, and our nation needs it now more than ever in my lifetime.”
A permit has been approved for this Sunday’s event by the National Park Service.
According to NBC News, who reviewed the document, the permit includes virus prevention measures including masks and gloves for crew, sanitization of high-touch areas backstage, sanitation stations outside port-o-potties, and “a sign placed at the table where we will give away Bibles.”
No mention of masks or face coverings was made in the permit application.
Susana Castillo, spokesperson for Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, told the outlet that they "don’t have jurisdiction over federal property."
Feucht did not respond to the outlet’s request for comments.