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Choir of more than 100 people perform without masks at Pence event

Choir of more than 100 people sings without masks at Pence event in Texas

Choir of more than 100 people sings without masks at Pence event in Texas

Pence event featured choir of over 100 people performing without masks

A choir of more than 100 people performed without masks at a robustly attended event in Texas at the First Baptist Church on Sunday that featured a speech by Vice President Mike Pence.

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Nearly 2,200 people attended the “Celebrate Freedom Rally,” in the Lone Star State, according to rally organizers, which has seen a severe surge in coronavirus cases since easing restrictions. The venue capacity for the indoor event was close to 3,000 attendees, organizers say.

Throughout the service, the members of the choir sang at full volume, behind an orchestra. Between songs, the choir members put their masks back on when they sat down, according to pool reports from the event.

The members of the choir had space between them, but it was not clear if it was the recommended six feet.

Studies show that masks are one of the most effective tools to curb the spread of the coronavirus. But President Trump and many Republicans have declined to wear masks in public, and Pence has only done so sparingly.

Pence was wearing a mask when he arrived at the event on Sunday, as were Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, both of whom traveled with the vice president.Per CNN, members of the choir wore their masks between songs. Masks for other patrons at the event were “strongly encouraged.”

While Pence could be seen in footage wearing a mask during the choir’s performance, he reportedly was seen removing his mask when he got up to deliver remarks.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

During his remarks, Pence reportedly praised Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) “courageous and compassionate leadership.”

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

During his remarks, Pence reportedly praised Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) “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 in the past, and when we do, with this governor and this president, we will bring Texas and America back bigger and better than ever before,” he said.

The event comes two days after Abbott announced the state would be closing bars and certain outdoor recreation businesses in efforts to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus after the state reported a flare-up in cases after lifting restrictions. 

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According to the latest state health data, more than 148,720 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, have been reported in Texas so far as well as more than 2,300 deaths and more than 79,000 recoveries.