Communities all across America are dealing with the same issue this weekend, as our faithful countrymen look to celebrate Easter…one way or another.
For Christians and Catholics, (and all the various denominations under their umbrellas), Easter is an extremely important day that is usually marked by gatherings of friends and family. This is the day in which we celebrate the biblical resurrection and the spiritual resurgence that comes with it.
Thanks to coronavirus, however, Americans are being largely advised not to gather and reemerge. Instead, we are being asked to remain steadfastly adherent to the social distancing guidelines put forth by President Trump and the White House coronavirus task force.
In some locales officials are taking this extremely seriously, threatening rebellious parishioners with some Big Brother-esque repercussions.
Officials in Kentucky will document the license plate numbers of individuals attending mass gatherings over Easter weekend and turn the information over to health officials, who will require the individuals to self-quarantine for 14 days, Gov. Andy Beshear (D) announced Friday.
Beshear sent the warning on Friday as a means to discourage parishioners from attending in-person religious services, or mass gatherings of any kind, over the weekend.
The Governor was forthright in his assessment of the situation.
“Even on a weekend like this, we cannot have any in-person gatherings of any type,” Beshear said on Friday.
“We absolutely cannot bring people together in one building like that, because that is how the coronavirus spreads, and that is how people die,” the governor continued. “Understand that this is the only way that we can ensure that your decision doesn’t kill somebody else.”
He said that they “shouldn’t have to” take such extreme measures, adding, “I think it’s not a test of faith whether you’re going to an in-person service.”
“It’s a test of faith that you’re willing to sacrifice to protect your fellow man, your fellow woman, your fellow Kentuckian, and your fellow American,” the governor stated.
Coronavirus has been shown to spread via respiratory droplets such as what’s found in sneezes and coughs, and there are concerns among experts that the highly-contagious illness may even survive on the breath of a person as far as 13 feet from where it was exhaled.
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