Skip to main content

Evangelical musician defies COVID-19 guidelines, hosts worship in Kmart parking lot

The City of Minneapolis says retroactive action against the event organizer is being considered.

Evangelical musician and activist Sean Feucht drew a large crowd to the parking lot of the infamous Kmart in Minneapolis over the weekend, defying COVID-19 guidelines from the city and health officials. 

Photos from the event show unmasked people standing close together in a large group – going against the main recommendations to help limit the spread of COVID-19 – on Sunday evening. 

To hold an event like this, Feucht had to get approval from the city, which he did not, City of Minneapolis spokesperson Casper Hill told BMTN. The approval includes various permits, as well as a COVID-19 preparedness plan and an intent to abide by it. 

"The City spoke with the organizers at Unity Revival in advance of the event to work through the approval processes," Hill said. "Organizers stated they were unwilling to comply with the state COVID-19 guidance for outdoor events by limiting the event to a maximum of 250 individuals at one time.

"The City denied the application to use the former Kmart space and requested they remove any reference to the address or Kmart in their online materials associated with the event," Hill added.

When an event is held without proper approval, enforcement action can be taken. However, Hill said, "The City chose not to ask police to arrest trespassers during the event. Retroactive action is being considered."

Feucht's stop at 10 W Lake St. in Minneapolis on Sunday was part of a tour of outdoor worships he's doing across the country, including several stops in the Midwest, in part to protest COVID-19 restrictions. 

According to Fox News, Feucht began holding these "Let Us Worship" protests across California after the governor banned singing during worship services, which he did in July to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

Feucht hasn't been a stranger to Minneapolis this year. In June, he visited the George Floyd memorial, prompting people to accuse him of "co-opting" the memorial. He's expected to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, where Jacob Blake was shot, on Sept. 16, according to his website

BMTN has reached out to Feucht for comment. 

Weather update from Novak Weather

Next Up

ambulance

Man dies after being 'punched in the head' during altercation in Duluth

A 46-year-old man is in custody and facing 1st-degree manslaughter charges.

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders says Zimmer, Spielman hadn't spoken 'in months'

Sanders' comments revealed some of the Vikings' issues last season.

police tape, crime scene

Brooklyn Park man pleads guilty in 2020 fatal drive-by shooting

Devon Manley will be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years.

Screen Shot 2020-06-16 at 7.48.35 AM

Man gets 10 years for fatal pawn shop fire during Minneapolis riots

The incident, which took place during riots in May 2020,  resulted in one man's death.

Rep. Ilhan Omar

Election officials dismiss conservative group's complaint against Rep. Ilhan Omar

The group alleged that she used campaign funds on her future husband's consulting firm.

Screen Shot 2022-01-15 at 9.53.04 AM

Reports: 6 names surface in Vikings' search for new head coach

Six names have surfaced Saturday in the Minnesota Vikings' hunt for a new head coach.

Pexels - face mask covid holding

Minnetonka approves mask mandate in emergency ordinance

The mandate officially goes into effect Monday night.

snow, measuring snow, snow totals

Here are the snow totals from Friday's winter storm in Minnesota

There was a sharp gradient around the Twin Cities, with the highest amounts in southwestern Minnesota.

Mats Zuccarello

Zuccarello scores twice, Wild win third straight

A team effort helped Minnesota dispatch the Ducks.

Rep. Tou Xiong

State lawmaker Tou Xiong apologizes after driving under the influence

The state representative was pulled over on the night of Jan. 8.

St Lukes Duluth GSV Pro

Duluth hospital requiring visitors to show vax proof, neg. test

The health care system is also tightening visitor guidelines.

Related

Screen Shot 2021-12-11 at 10.38.57 AM

Minneapolis to begin work redeveloping Kmart site next year

The Minneapolis City Council approved initial plans for the redevelopment process Friday.

Screen Shot 2020-11-20 at 11.53.28 AM

You can buy the 'K' from the notorious Lake Street Kmart

The City of Minneapolis is selling the sign.

Trump biden

Walz urges Trump, Biden to comply with COVID-19 guidelines in MN

The presidential candidates will visit Minnesota on Friday.

Screen Shot 2020-03-05 at 12.58.51 PM

City of Minneapolis plans to buy, tear down the Nicollet Avenue Kmart

Bulldozing Kmart will open Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street.

trump women's tour photo

Minnesota DFL slams GOP for COVID-19 safety risks at campaign events

The party suggests Republicans are spreading COVID-19.

coronavirus

U of M study: Hydroxychloroquine shows no benefit in treating COVID-19

It was the first randomized clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine to treat non-hospitalized adults with COVID-19.

Ben Holsen

Twin Cities radio host Ben Holsen battling COVID-19 symptoms

Holsen co-hosts the morning show with Dana Wessel on Go 96.3 FM.

Screen Shot 2020-03-17 at 7.23.51 AM

Watch: Musician Jeremy Messersmith live-streams his COVID-19 test

The Twin Cities artist has self-quarantined for the past week.