Putting notices on every car, even those belonging to the press and media pic.twitter.com/2LEtzkM7zf
— Sarah Ladd (@ladd_sarah) April 12, 2020
HILLVIEW, Ky. — As hymns sang out Easter Sunday from a large outdoor speaker overlooking the Maryville Baptist Church parking lot, two Kentucky State troopers placed quarantine notices on parishioners’ cars and wrote down their license numbers.
Inside the church, roughly 50 worshipers ignored Gov. Andy Beshear’s order against mass gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic so they could attend services together on Christianity’s holiest day.
Several said as they left that they had no intention of abiding by the notice on their windshields that called for a 14-day self-quarantine or face the threat of “further enforcement measures.”
Exactly what troopers will do with those license numbers or what steps Beshear will take next wasn’t immediately clear Sunday.
What is clear is that Maryville’s pastor, the Rev. Jack Roberts, has no intention of ending in-person services, despite the deadly pandemic, putting his church among a handful of others across Kentucky that have rebuffed Beshear’s wishes.