Despite Orders Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Northwest Side Church Does Not Require Masks, Allows Hugs

Despite Orders Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Northwest Side Church Does Not Require Masks, Allows Hugs

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CBS Chicago | Steven Graves | May 10, 2020

CHICAGO (CBS) — No masks were required, and hugs or any other physical touch were OK – those were the rules at a church that held a service Sunday on the Northwest Side.

The pastor is taking a defiant stance against stay-at-home rules. CBS 2’s Steven Graves spoke to him and found out not everyone agrees.

The rule from the State of Illinois is that 10 people or fewer are allowed at churches right now. But Metro Praise International Church in Belmont Cragin had about 50 people inside on Sunday.

Members of the church say they go by the rules of faith.

Thus, as their live stream showed I, there were no masks on some people as they sang praises and six-foot social distancing was a choice.

“That’s a part of our freedom of religion, we believe,” said the church’s Pastor Joseph Wyrostek.

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