A Baltimore pastor has plans to defy Governor Larry Hogan’s ban on gatherings amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Rev. Alvin Gwynn Sr., is adamant about his plans to hold church services Sunday morning despite Hogan’s mandatory order for residents to stay home.
“I'd just have to go to jail,“ said Gwynn.
The pastor believes the order is a violation of his first amendment rights, which prohibits any laws against free worship exercise of peaceful assembly of people.
But what about the risk to the people. Is he putting their health at risk? We put the question to the pastor.
“Where? In the house of God, are you at risk?" he said. “We will have 10 people in here, seated 6 feet apart from each other. We have all the facilities for them, to clean their hands, sanitize stuff is there, the whole 9 yards,“ added Gwynn.
The pastor said he has about 800 active members. He said he’s not interested in conducting services online for them because he believes proper fellowship requires meeting at church.