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Florida pastor arrested for holding services in violation of coronavirus restrictions

Added 03-31-20 01:18:03am EST - “A pastor of a Florida megachurch was arrested Monday for defying public health orders aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus by leading two services with hundreds of congregants, authorities sa?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Florida pastor arrested for holding services in violation of coronavirus restrictions”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A pastor of a Florida megachurch was arrested Monday for defying public health orders aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus by leading two services with hundreds of congregants, authorities said.

Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne held the services Sunday at The River at Tampa Bay Churches despite county and state mandates limiting gatherings to less than 10 people, Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister announced in a news conference.

Chronister said members of his office even met with church leaders before Sunday, informing them of the potential health risks posed by not complying with social distancing orders.

“Shame on this pastor, their legal staff and the leaders of this staff for forcing us to do our job,” Chronister said.

“That’s not what we wanted to do during a declared state of emergency. We are hopeful that this will be a wake up call.”

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