During the service, the choir members sang loudly, behind an orchestra. Between the songs, the choir members put their masks back on when they sat down, according to reports from the event group. The choir members had space between them, but it was unclear if they were the recommended six feet.
The facial masks at the event were “strongly encouraged”, with signs posted around the venue signaling the suggestion. According to reports from the event’s group, at least half of the crowd was wearing a face mask, an act that experts say can reduce Covid-19 transmission by as much as 50%.
In his comments Sunday, Pence praised Abbott for his “courageous and compassionate leadership.”
“Working with its governor, we will prioritize the health of the people of the Lone Star state, and every day, we will continue to claim or release and our way of life, since every day we are one day closer to the day we put this past pandemic and when we do, with this governor and this president, we will make Texas and the United States bigger and better than ever, “Pence told the congregation.
Later in his speech, the vice president urged the crowd to “practice prayer in a renewed way.”