The officials are aware of about six churches that are planning to hold personal services, Governor Andy Beshear said in a statement. The state police will record participants’ license plates and tell them that it has violated the instructions of the state health authorities, the governor said.
“Local health authorities will then contact the people associated with these vehicles and commit them to self-quarantine for 14 days. This is the only way we can ensure that your decision does not kill anyone,” said Beshear.
It is vital for the state to take action, especially after a church revival last month that resulted from a church revival, after dozens of people fell ill and several people died in Hopkins County, he said.
“Guys, we shouldn’t have to do that,” he said. “We ask you to love your neighbor like yourself. We shouldn’t have to do that.”
“The next few weeks will be absolutely crucial not only to blunt or smooth the curve, but also to protect those who are most vulnerable, especially our seniors who are in different types of assisted living facilities,” he said.
“Take license plates in the church? Quarantine someone because he is a Christian on Easter Sunday? Somebody has to step back here,” said the US Senator for Kentucky.
Despite the ban on mass gatherings and travel restrictions, the governor urged the young residents of the state not to worry about the Easter Bunny, who is considered an “essential worker” and can travel and work this weekend.
The United States recorded at least 2,074 deaths on Friday. This is the largest increase in coronavirus deaths since the outbreak began.
The total number of reported deaths is 18,777. More than 501,615 people tested positive, according to the Johns Hopkins University case list in the U.S.