WCBV 5 | May 10, 2020
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A Worcester pastor said he will continue to hold services inside his church even though he faces threats of a fine or imprisonment for doing so. Pastor Kris Casey said that more than 10 people gathered inside the Adams Square Baptist Church on Sunday, marking the fourth time he has violated Gov.
Charlie Baker’s statewide order that bans gatherings of 10 or more people.Casey said he is growing frustrated that other businesses are able to stay open with a less stringent requirement on maximum occupancy, such as liquor stores, while he is expected to stay closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.“You know what, it’s hypocrisy at its finest.
In fact, let’s call it what it really is, it’s tyranny,” he said. “So that’s why I’m standing up; to fight the cause and say it’s not going to happen on my watch.”Casey said everyone at the service had their temperature taken beforehand and that they were required to wear masks, gloves and be at least 6 feet apart, unless it was a family attending the service together.
Anyone who violated those rules would be escorted out of the church.He said he is also taking more stringent precautions than most to prevent the spread of coronavirus during his church services.