Church members receive self-quarantine notice

Church members receive self-quarantine notice
Despite governor’s orders to postpone or cancel in-person mass gatherings in the state of Kentucky, Maryville Baptist Church hosted Easter services inside their church Sunday morning. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KFVS) -Maryville Baptist Church members have started receiving a letter from Kentucky Govervor Andy Beshear requiring self-quarantine as a result of parking their cars in the church parking lot on Easter Sunday.

The letter from Gov. Beshear states, in part: “You are receiving this letter because your vehicle was documented to have been parked where a mass gathering was held on Sunday, April 12, 2020 at Maryville Baptist Church. COVID-19 is spread through the community and transmitted person to person through respiratory droplets. Attending a mass gathering of more than 10 people increases your risk of COVID-19 exposure…If you and/or someone in your household attended the above gathering, following the guidance from the Kentucky Department for Public Health, you are advised to restrict movement to home while self-monitoring with public health supervision for 14 days from attending the mass gathering.”

Kentucky State Police troopers wrote down license plate numbers and placed notices on churchgoers’ cars in the church parking lot.

That information was then forwarded to the local health department.

The letter requires the recipients to do the following:

  • sign a document agreeing to take their temperatures every day at the same time and report each day to the Board of County Health Department
  • to not attend work, school, or shopping centers, church, or any public place
  • to not travel outside the county
  • to not travel outside of Kentucky without prior approval
  • and to not travel by public, commercial, or emergency conveyance such as a bus, taxi, airplane, train, boat, or without prior approval

Even media who parked in the church parking lot last Sunday had a quarantine notice placed on their car.

Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, said Gov. Beshear is purposely targeting people who attend church.

“The intentional targeting of churches and churchgoers is unconstitutional. The only reason these cars were ticketed is because they were in a church parking lot," said Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver. "Had they parked in the nearby Kroger or Walmart they would not have been targeted. These people have no symptoms. They were targeted solely because of Gov. Andy Behear’s discriminatory actions against churches. News Flash: The First Amendment does not have a pause button,” said Staver.

Liberty Counsel tells KFVS that churchgoers followed social distancing guidelines on Sunday.

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