Actor Kirk Cameron organized another carols event outside a mall in Thousand Oaks, California, to protest the governor’s order to stay home.
Tuesday night’s event at The Oaks mall drew between 75 and 100 people, mostly without a mask, according to KABC-TV. People of all ages participated, including children and the elderly.
The 50-year-old “Growing Pains” actor shared videos of the Christmas carols in his story on Instagram, showing a large crowd standing together and singing “The First Claus”.
The mall said it asked that the event not be held there and called it “irresponsible”.
“Regarding the peaceful protest planned for The Oaks tonight, we do not tolerate this irresponsible event – although constitutionally protected – we share your concern and notify the sheriff’s office,” the mall said in a Facebook statement on Tuesday.
Cameron confirmed to NBC News that he attended the Christmas carols event and said that all participants were encouraged to wear masks. He made no further comment.
The Ventura County sheriff’s office could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.
The former child star held several Christmas carols to protest against the order to stay at Governor Gavin Newsom’s house. During a press conference on Monday, the governor said the order is likely to be extended in four regions due to an increase in Covid-19 cases and deaths.
“I am watching my community and seeing the devastation and suffering of people whose business has gone bankrupt,” Cameron said in a television interview last week. “People who have been dealing with anxiety, depression; increased suicide. The abused being quarantined with their attackers and I can’t just ignore that. I love my neighbors and that’s why I want to give them hope. “
Cameron said he plans to continue organizing Christmas carols.
“This is the land of the free and the home of the brave, and there are thousands and thousands of people in our community who prefer not to suffer in isolation and go out to sing and express their gratitude,” he said. “We believe that there is immunity in the community, but there is desolation in isolation.”
Newsom said last week that it was activating the state’s “mass mortality” program to help local agencies with an increase in coronavirus deaths.
“This is a deadly disease, a deadly pandemic and we are in the middle of it now,” he told reporters. “We are close to the end, but we are in the middle of the sharpest peak when it comes to what we call the third wave.”
The state has also ordered thousands of body bags and has dozens of refrigerated storage units on hold.
About 32,300 new cases of the virus are reported in the state each day, a number that Newsom said was historic. The rate of positivity rose from 6.9 percent in early December to more than 10 percent last Monday.