Nearly 200 pastors are calling on Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) to lift restrictions on in-person church services as the state begins allowing some businesses to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The pastors sent a letter to Sisolak Thursday telling the governor that his order prohibiting in-person services of more than 10 people went “too far.”
“We respectfully submit that restrictions on in-person church services are more burdensome than they need to be in order to accomplish our shared goal of preventing the spread of COVID-19,” the pastors wrote, according to a copy of the letter reported by The Nevada Independent.
The pastors added that there is “no evidence” in the state that “houses of worship have in any way contributed to the spread of COVID-19.”
“Prohibiting in-person church service is not necessary given the reasonable steps we have all taken to protect our congregations and the communities we serve,” they wrote. “While we understand your concern for the health and safety of people in our state, we simply ask that you understand that we share your concern, and that you can trust us to lead and protect our faith communities as we minister to people in need of our care and comfort.”
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SOURCE: The Hill, Rebecca Klar