Despite the ongoing social distancing mandates, Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron decided to gather hundreds of people together to sing Christmas carols.
Even though California Governor Gavin Newsom has strict COVID-19 guidelines in place, Cameron assisted in organizing a massive outdoor gathering.
On Sunday, hundreds gathered in the parking lot of the Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks, CA. Swarms of maskless people huddled together as they began singing classic holiday tunes.
Even though we’re in the midst of the holiday season, the country is still actively battling the coronavirus pandemic. In Cameron’s home state of California, infection rates are already exceptionally high.
Kirk Cameron Organizes As a Way to Protest
However, that didn’t stop Cameron when he partnered with a local organization called “Sing It Louder USA.” According to the organization, the gathering was a protest and act of deviance against Gov. Newsom’s stay-at-home orders.
This is Cameron’s second time organizing an event such as this. On Dec. 6, Cameron helped organize another meet-up in which as many as 500 people came out to sing Christmas carols. This time, Cameron wanted the mall event to be even more significant than the first event. Cameron succeeded, seeing how the mall parking lot was packed with Christmas carolers.
According to law enforcement sources in the area, mall security called the police. When the Thousand Oaks police department arrived, they took a moment to educate the attendees on the importance of mask-wearing and left.
According to the New York Times, California is the first state to impose widespread lockdowns because of the coronavirus. On Dec 3, Gov. Newsom announced new measures to keep a surge in cases from overwhelming hospitals.
Millions of people across the state watched as businesses shut down after intensive-care capacity in their areas dipped below the 15 percent threshold.
According to the state government, restrictions will last for at least three weeks. It limits store capacity and allows restaurants to serve only takeout or delivery.
Despite the looming holidays, the governor also recommended people temporarily call off all nonessential travel.