Amid coronavirus restrictions, large-scale gatherings, including at churches were discouraging. On Sunday, Easter ceremonies were looking as they were never before. Some pastors are going forth with in-person services.
At the Vatican, Pope Francis addresses the public in a mostly vacant St. Peter’s Basilica across Rome.
Some significant developments are:
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was discharged from a hospital on Sunday. He was in the hospital due to the infection of COVID-19.
- The coronavirus is hitting about 1 in 10 hospitalized middle-aged patients and 4 in 10 older than 85 in the United States.
- Japan marks the fifth day of record-high daily hikes.
- In Europe, some lands may finally be seeing a slackening of the virus while others are only just getting start.
- A month after closing down production because of the coronavirus, “Saturday Night Live” made a surreal return.
Some Churches Dare Restrictions
Some priests across the country are leading their Easter Sunday services in person. They are risking the spread of the coronavirus within their faith communities. It is done with or without the blessing of state and federal officials.
President Trump was expressing hope that the country would reopen and churches will “pack- up” by Easter. He was calling that goal “aspirational” at a news conference last week. He even went on saying that he would watch an Easter service online. Vice President Pence was also matching Trump’s words. He was saying that he will also watch a live-streamed service. But now they went on discouraging religious gatherings of more than 10 people.
But decisions about whether to permit in-person church services to fall in the hands of states.
Louisiana is curbing how many people can attend services. But Tony Spell, who heads Life Tabernacle Church near Baton Rouge, plans to hold an Easter Sunday service.
Gov. John Bel Edwards says the number of people Spells maps to gather could land the pastor in legal trouble. Spell’s legal team includes former Alabama chief justice, Roy Moore. He tells the Journal that he would sue Edwards and any police officer who tries to arrest him.
“The Bible commands us to gather together,” Spell tells.
Not All Worship Houses Are Close
Not all state leaders command to close the churches. Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas churches are essential and can remain open if they retain worshipers six feet apart. Houston’s Glorious Way Church is accommodating two services Sunday morning. One of which will stream. The church projects to space 100 congregants across the 1,000 seats and offer hand sanitizers.
In Kansas, Republicans object Gov. Laura Kelly including houses of devotion in her expanded stay-at-home order. They attempt to overturn her decision in the legislature. The state’s high court sides with the governor.