While 3,000 pastors in California plan to reopen their churches on May 31 in defiance of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s safety rules, a group of black pastors are refusing to reopen their churches in Albany, Georgia because they have seen too many deaths in their congregations, notes the New York Times:
On April 20th, Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) announced small businesses could reopen less than three-weeks after enforcing a statewide shutdown.
Pastor Oscar Burton Jr. explained how deadly the coronavirus is:
We’ve seen how coronavirus can hit our city, our family, our church and it is not worth it. The harsh reality is there is no more “business as usual.”
(Source: The New York Times)