Mendocino County, California banned Churches from singing and playing music, unless from home. Further, the order came down on Good Friday and lasts until May 10th, 2020.
“Four individuals only were allowed to record from one place, and “no singing or use of wind instruments, harmonicas or other instruments that could spread COVID-19 through projected droplets shall be permitted unless the recording of the event is done at one’s residence,” according to the county order that also applies to concert halls, auditoriums, temples, and playhouses.”
The tyrannical order was issued by the Chief Executive Officer Carmel J. Angelo and is not the only order of its kind, Greenville Police began issuing $500 citations to church-goers for refusing to leave a drive-in Church service. Attorney General Bill Barr bucked the local authorities who enacted such policy.
Albert Mohar, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, criticized the order stating that it violates the “integrity of Christian worship.”
“To be clear, authorities can and should require that churches respect and maintain physical distancing between all the very limited participants in a streamed worship service,” Albert Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote about efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“It is an entirely different matter, however, to tell Christians that they cannot sing in praise and honor of God,” Mohler adds. “Indeed, these orders came out just days before Resurrection Sunday — orders saying that Christians, on the day where they celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, are prohibited from singing.”
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Also, On Fire Christian Church sued Louisville, KY., Mayor Greg Fischer, and the city after the mayor banned drive-in religious gatherings on Easter.
U.S. District Judge Justin Walker said the city is prohibited from “enforcing; attempting to enforce; threatening to enforce, or otherwise requiring compliance with any prohibition on drive-in church services at On Fire.”
Several other churches across the country are experiencing overreaching governmental restrictions; the aforementioned are the services who have sought press about the restrictions.