Jinger Duggar's husband Jeremy mixes with thousands of churchgoers wearing no mask as wife and newborn stay home
JINGER Duggar's husband Jeremy Vuolo went maskless with thousands of other churchgoers at a Sunday service – despite a spike in coronavirus cases in LA – before returning home to his wife and newborn baby.
Photographs obtained by The Sun show the Counting On star putting his health at risk as he spent more than two hours at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley this weekend, shaking hands and hugging pals, as a preacher told the congregation God would "protect" them from the virus.
Dressed in a sharp dark three-piece suit with his hair slicked back, an eyewitness said the 33-year-old walked to church wearing a mask, but immediately took it off once he was on site.
"He didn't seem to have a care in the world, his mask was straight off and he was hanging around chatting in huddled groups, shaking hands, and walking through the crowds," the source said.
"The church appears to have gone back in time to before Covid, with only a handful of people protecting themselves from the deadly virus.
"Jeremy has a newborn at home with his wife who is avoiding church for obvious reasons. It's almost like they think they're immune to Covid.
"Thousands of people were seen heading in and out of buildings on site all day for services, and there were very few masks being worn, it could easily be a super-spreader Sunday every week."
The Sun previously reported the church had resumed indoor services in July but had three confirmed cases in October, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
LA County Public Health said they were "currently investigating an outbreak at Grace Community Church."
"As with all investigations of outbreaks, Public Health will work closely with the church to support outbreak management strategies that can limit transmission of COVID-19," a spokesperson shared.
But despite masks and hand sanitizer available on site, barely any visitors were seen wearing masks, temperatures were not checked, and social distancing was non existent – as churchgoers sat shoulder-to-shoulder.
When quizzed about the lack of protection at the services, one young worshipper told The Sun: "It's just how it is. The elders kind of made a decision and everyone followed suit."
One maskless preacher was even heard telling Jeremy and the congregation they were being protected from Covid-19 by God, despite cases being reported at the church.
"So many people from so many different places and he has simply been protecting us, and the brother used the word miracle, God really has been kind and gracious," he said.
A judge previously rejected Los Angeles County’s attempt to temporarily bar the church from holding indoor worship services as it continues to ignore state and county health orders.
Pastor John MacArthur previously said the church was meeting indoors because it was commanded by God to come together in worship.
“The good news is, you’re here, you’re not distancing, and you’re not wearing masks,” he told his congregation on August 16.
“And it’s also good news that you’re not outside because it’s very hot out there, so the Lord knew you needed to be inside and unmasked, so he did us that gracious favor.”
Jinger, 26, and Jeremy were last seen out and about in November, just weeks before she welcomed their baby girl, Evangeline Jo, while they also have two-year-old daughter Felicity.
The Sun has reached out to Grace Community Church and Jeremy's rep for comment.
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