During an interview on ABC News' "Nightline" Wednesday evening, Vice President Mike Pence told Americans to avoid church gatherings of more than 10 people in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Although Pence said he is grateful to those churches that have submitted to the president's "social distancing" guidelines during the coronavirus crisis, he urged churches everywhere to comply with local and White House orders.
"We're so grateful to churches and synagogues and places of worship around America that have heeded the president's coronavirus guidelines for America. We really believe this is a time when people should avoid gatherings of more than 10 people," Pence said. "And so, we continue to urge churches around America to heed to that."
Pence's comments come as some churches have openly defied "stay-at-home" orders.
A Florida megachurch pastor was arrested Monday after violating a local "safer-at-home" order, while a pastor in Pennsylvania promised an "outdoor Easter blowout service" despite the state's coronavirus lockdown mandate.