Mask-free pastor holds service after WH superspreader event

A Texas megachurch pastor who attended a White House function that has since been labeled a superspreader event held a church service on Sunday and took to the stage without a mask

SOUTHLAKE, Texas — A Texas megachurch pastor who attended a White House function that has since been labeled a superspreader event held a church service on Sunday and took to the stage without a mask.

Several people who attended the Rose Garden ceremony have contracted the virus, including former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christi e and former White House aide Kellyanne Conway. It’s not clear that they were infected during that event.

A representative of the Southlake church told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram via email on Tuesday that Morris had taken a COVID-19 test that came back negative in the last 10 days.

“Pastor Robert‘s medical procedures, his medical history and all possible medical issues & precautions are a private matter. If he chooses to release any of his private medical information I will let you know,” the email said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people who come in close contact with somebody who has COVID-19 should quarantine for two weeks.

The church’s representative said it was in its fifth weekend of in-person services and was following state COVID-19 guidelines.

Morris spoke for a few minutes and did not address his health on Sunday. The people who attended the service were socially distanced, but few wore masks.