As many people around the world are under lockdown, most of us already knew that Easter 2020 was going to be somewhat different. Usually, this is a time to go out and enjoy the spring weather and spend time with friends and family at various events, but most of us will not be doing so amid the coronavirus outbreak.
This morning a Kentucky Church held what seemed like a full service despite the safer-at-home order being enforced in the state.
In a report for TMZ and Sarah Ladd with the Courier-Journal, police had begun to keep a close eye on Maryville Baptist Church as they noticed that the parking lot was full. The parking lot had been covered with metal nails in order to deter people from attending service.
“Shortly before the service began, volunteers were clearing the parking lot of nails, apparently left there by someone who wanted to discourage the service … which is violating Kentucky’s safer-at-home order. Gatherings of more than 10 people are illegal.”
“So far, the cops aren’t shutting down the service or arresting churchgoers. Instead, they’re leaving notifications on the cars in the lot … informing the owners they are potentially spreading COVID-19.” [TMZ]
“Inside the church, roughly 50 worshipers ignored Gov. Andy Beshear’s order against mass gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic so they could attend services together on Christianity’s holiest day.”
“Several said as they left that they had no intention of abiding by the notice on their windshields that called for a 14-day self-quarantine or face the threat of “further enforcement measures.” [Courier-Journal]
The parking lot. pic.twitter.com/rearSXWqQc
— Sarah Ladd (@ladd_sarah) April 12, 2020
Police estimate that the service was comprised of about 50 people. As of now, it is unclear whether or not the people attending service will be fined. Those who attended are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days in order to mitigate the spread of the virus. Some stated that they were not going to follow the 2-week quarantine after leaving the service.
In this situation, I see no reason why anyone needs to be put in danger. There are many creative ways that society has continued to get things done while staying in the house. Any mass gathering right now would likely do more harm than good and make it harder for a lot of people, especially for workers in the medical sector. Those who are religious will surely feel any stay at home order a bit differently than others, but that doesn’t mean that there’s any need to go against safety precautions.
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