Illinois City of Des Plaines to Take Action Against Traveling Tent Revival Violating Coronavirus Restrictions

A traveling tent revival has the City of Des Plaines taking action amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reported, the City of Des Plaines walks gingerly around the freedom to worship while also maintaining public health in a pandemic.

The city of Des Plaines is walking gingerly around the freedom to worship, but also maintaining public health in a pandemic. The tent revival events can go on at the campground, according to the city.

But now, by executive order, organizers can face penalties and fines if more than 50 people gather at the site and they don’t social distance.

And to Des Plaines city leaders, the images of in a pandemic are disturbing – with an estimated 150 people crammed side by side without face masks for the Big Tent Revival.

Additional posts to social media from attendees showed it wasn’t just a momentary rush, as the praise and worship unfolded at the city’s historical Methodist Campground.

The man behind it all is charismatic faith leader Torben Søndergaard from the traveling organization, The Last Reformation. Since last weekend, he has been chronicling the revivals – daily events on his YouTube channel.

Also on his YouTube channel, Søndergaard showed off the permit he claims gave the revival its go-ahead – which he called “something that could not happen if it was not for God.”

But that is only part of the story.

The City of Des Plaines tells us it did not issue Søndergaard an event permit. What he is holding in his hand as he announces on video that he has secured a permit is actually an approved tent permit.

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