Vegas pastors raise concern over Gov. Sisolak's directive on churches

Posted at 6:55 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-11 23:39:06-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Easter is Sunday, and some area pastors are asking Gov. Steve Sisolak to reconsider his latest directive on churches, as the governor wants churches to conduct online services only.

The pastors say they are practicing social distancing guidelines and have closed in-person services, but they were planning on doing drive-thru services with parishioners remaining in their cars.

However, under Gov. Sisolak’s new directive, they can’t do that with the governor asking churches to conduct online services instead.

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Thursday, Las Vegas Councilwoman Victoria Seaman was with the pastors in support.

“We understand that these are trying times, and we have to make sacrifices to get through them. We do disagree that those sacrifices need to include the free exercise of religion that this country was built on,” Seaman said.

She also said she was in communication with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department whether the drive-thru gatherings could proceed. The drive-thrus were given the green light until Wednesday when Gov. Sisolak’s directive came through.

The pastors say they’ve for now canceled those drive-thru plans but want to make that appeal to the governor.

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