Police fine VA church $2,500 for holding service with 16 people spaced far apart

by Daniel Payne · Apr 10th, 2020 1:45 pm

Last Updated Apr 10th, 2020 at 2:14 pm

Local police on the eastern shore of Virginia issued a whopping $2,500 fine against a church after it held a worship service with 16 people, even though the people were spread far apart in a sanctuary designed for 230.

The church, Lighthouse Fellowship on the island of Chincoteague, was cited for disobeying Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's 10-person-limit-per-gathering rule. Police issued a summons for the church's pastor and informed him that future violations would result in summonses for everyone in attendance, as well.

Northam issued a broad statewide lockdown last month that is set to expire on June 10. The governor also closed numerous businesses he deemed "nonessential" and ordered Virginians to stay in their homes.


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