A California megachurch that had already been fined $10,000 by the county for holding indoor worship services is now facing more than $52,000 in fines.
Pastor Jack Trieber of North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara posted a YouTube video showing screenshots of paperwork that was taped to the church's front doors by Santa Clara County health officials.
The fines, totaling $52,7000, were leveled for the morning and evening services of August 23 and 30, as well as the Wednesday night service of August 26, with additional $5,000 per service fines possible for every indoor service the church continues to hold.
The documents cited the following violations:
- Unlawful indoor gathering
- Failing to comply with required social distancing practices
- Not requiring congregants or church attendees to face coverings while attending
- Performing or speaking at indoor worship services
- Permitting congregants or church service attendees to sing during services
Trieber released a similar video statement on August 24, detailing the county's "cease and desist" order that said North Valley was in willful violation of the prohibition on indoor gatherings, including singing.
Despite the increasing fines and ongoing warnings from the county, Trieber said he will not discontinue holding indoor services.
"We are not closing down this church. I don't know what the consequences on your part are going to be, but I know that America does not want this to happen and her country and at this church," Trieber said in his latest video.