Large Crowds Pack Church Convocation Event Despite COVID Concerns
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There are concerns an event drawing hundreds of people to a Charlotte church could turn into another super-spreader event.
On the same day North Carolina reported a one-day record number of COVID cases, hundreds of people attended the third of seven nights of Kingdom City Church’s “Holy Convocation 2020.”
It’s happening in a strip mall off Brookshire Boulevard.
On Wednesday night, a WCCB Charlotte crew saw a full parking lot and cars even parking along nearby streets.
In a statement, Mecklenburg Co. Health Director Gibbie Harris said:
“We are aware of the events that are taking place this week. We have had numerous conversations with the Pastor, providing education, guidance, masks and signage to help them create a safe environment.
We are seeing the social media postings that show little masking and no social distancing. The behavior we are seeing indicates behavior that can result in spread of the COVID virus. However, at this point we have no evidence of transmission of COVID and cannot do more.”
The same church faced criticism in March for continuing services despite Governor Cooper’s stay at home order.
The new super-spreader concerns come after the county issued an abatement order closing United House of Prayer locations for several days last month.
More than 200 people tested positive for COVID and nine people died after a convocation event there last month.