Churchgoers Attend Easter Service Despite Cops And Nails

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For most Americans during the lockdown, life has come to a complete standstill. Many states have mandatory orders to shelter in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

However, this Easter Sunday groups still decided to gather at church to celebrate the holiday. But not without consequences.

In Hillview, Kentucky, the State Police were circling the parking lot of a local church that, despite state orders, was packed for Easter service. They decided to let the church-goers off easy with warnings.

The Maryville Baptist Church welcomed what seemed to be a full house Sunday morning. Sarah Ladd, reporter with the Louisville Courier-Journal posted images on twitter from the parking lot. The pastor can be heard leading the congregation in song.

Volunteers were gathered shortly before services began to clear the parking lot of nails that had been left there by someone hoping to discourage the service which is in violation of Kentucky’s strict safer-at-home order saying that gatherings of 10 or more people are illegal.

So far, the cops have decided not to shut down the service or arrest any of the churchgoers. Instead, they are leaving notifications on the cars in the parking lot warning the owners of the dangers of potentially spreading COVID-19.

These notifications also inform the owner and their family members that they will be contacted by the health department and be required to quarantine for up to 14 days.

It is unclear if the police are issuing tickets for this violation, but the posted notices do warn the churchgoers that they may be committing a misdemeanor by violating the state’s emergency order.

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