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Dundalk pastor pushes back on COVID restrictions

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Dundalk pastor pushes back on COVID restrictions

Dundalk pastor pushes back on COVID restrictions

The back-and-forth between Baltimore County and Calgary Baptist Church came to a head during a Wednesday night service, as Pastor Stacey Shiflett literally and figuratively shredded a cease and desist order he had received two days earlier.

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OPEN BACK U━CALLING THEMESSENTIAL.

AND IF GOVERNORSDON'T FOLLOW THE NEW FEDERALRECOMMENDATION ━HE SAIDHE'LL OVERRIDE THEM.

UNDERPHASE ONE OF THE RECOVERY PLANIN OUR STATE━ CHURCHES ANDHOUSES OF WORSHIP ARE ALLOWEDTO SAFELY HOLD RELIGIOUSSERVICES.

OUTSIDE SERVICES ARESTRONGLY ENCOURAGED, BUTINSIDE SERVICES MAY BEPERMITTED AT 50% CAPACITY ORLESS WITH APPROPRIATE SAFETYPROTOCOLS.

MANY CHURCHES HAVENOT STARTED DOING THAT.

ADUNDALK PASTOR HAS MADENATIONAL HEADLINES AFTERINVITING PEOPLE BACK TO CHURCHDESPITE BALTIMORE COUNTYORDER LIMITING SUCH GATHERINGSTO NO MORE THAN 10 PEOPLEDURING THE ONGOING PANDEMIC.WMAR 2 NEWSHIS STORY.(HAGER S━UP) 31:32“Thepastor here at Calgary BaptistChurch is planning to hold twoadditional services thisSunday in spite of BaltimoreCountyand to shut him down” (TRACTHE BAC━AN━ FORTH BETWEENBALTIMORE COUNTY AND CALGARYBAPTIST CHURCH CAME TO A HEADDURING A WEDNESDAY NIGHTSERVICE, AS PASTOR STACEYSHIFLETT LITERALLY ANDFIGURATIVELY SHREDDED A CEASEAND DESISTE ORDER HE HADRECEIVED TWO DAYS EARLIER.(NAT SOT) :22“The closer weget to Jesus coming back, themore church we ought to behaving, not less church.

Now,tha”(ripscease & desist order)(SOT━Pastor StaceyShiflett/Calvary BaptistChurch 10:12“I had no ideawhen we put that out oTwitter on Thursday morningthat it would take off like itdid, but I guess God can useanything to get a messageacross, and He chose to usethat” (TRACK) THE CHURCH HELDHAD HELD ITS FIRST I━PERSON,WORSHIP SERVICE A WEEKEARLIER, JUST TWO HOURS AFTERGOVERNOR LARRY HOGAN REOPENEDRELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS TO HALFOF THEIR CAPACITY.

WITHIN 48HOURS, BALTIMORE COUNTYEXECUTIVE JOHNNY OLSZEWSKIREVERSED COURSE& REINSTATINGTHE PREVIOUS RESTRICTIONS.(SOT) 5:50“I donof us anticipated a countofficial a governorof the state.

If itanywhere else in the UnitedStates, I donIthat caught us completely offguard” (TRACK) CITING THECONSTITUTION AND THE NEEDS OFHIS CONGREGATION, THE FIV━GENERATION PASTOR DECIDED TOPUSH BACK AND CONTINUE HOLDINGSERVICES.

AS A MEMBER OF THEGOVERNO━BASED WORKGROUP ON REOPENING CHURCHES,SHIFLETT HAD ALREADYIMPLEMENTED SI━ FEET RULES,TAKING TEMPERATURES, FACEMASKS AND THE LIKE,DISINFECTING THE SANCTUARYBEFORE AND AFTER EVERYSERVICE.

STILL, THE COUNTY HASTHREATENED TO FINE THE CHURCHFIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS IF ITPERSISTS.

(SOT) 8:21“When Igo to Dunkand youpeople huddled up in thatlittle drive thru areahandling cash, making mycoffee, putting lids on thecups, handling my straws,handing out the window, and Ican60━seat auditorium?

Itridiculous” (HAGER S━UP)31:00“In addition to all thesafety measures, people whare attending services heremust first sign a waiverclaiming they will not holdthe church responsible shouldthey contract the virus here.Reporting in Dundalk, JeffHager, WMAR 2 News”"chruch is essnetial.

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