Kemp’s Plea to the Faithful: Worship Online for Easter Sunday and Passover

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is pleading with local churches and congregations and urging them not to meet in person for Easter Sunday and Passover services. Kemp is asking Georgians to plan for online or call-in religious services, including Easter Sunday on April 12.

“I greatly appreciate faith leaders across our state who have made the tough decision to stop the spread of COVID-19 by suspending in-person religious services. Their leadership is literally saving lives,” said Kemp. “To all Georgians celebrating Easter this Sunday, I am pleading with you to not attend any services in person. If you attend worship services in person, you risk exposure to coronavirus — potentially endangering your life, the lives of your neighbors, and your loved ones. I know this decision is difficult, but we will get through this together.”

With regard to drive-in services, Kemp said law enforcement have received reports that people are not staying in their vehicles. For example, people will leave their cars to let their children play, go to nearby restrooms, or otherwise congregate.

The Georgia Department of Public Health already issued a statement at the end of March informing the public that drive in religious services do not meet social distancing requirements.

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