Governor Kemp urges Georgians to avoid in-person religious services

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ATLANTA (41NBC/WMGT) – Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is urging Georgians to plan for online or call-in religious services, including Easter Sunday on April 12.

“I greatly appreciate faith leaders across our state who have made the tough decision to stop the spread of COVID-19 by suspending in-person religious services,” Kemp said in a news release Friday.  “Their leadership is literally saving lives. To all Georgians celebrating Easter this Sunday, I am pleading with you to not attend any services in person. If you attend worship services in person, you risk exposure to coronavirus – potentially endangering your life, the lives of your neighbors, and your loved ones. I know this decision is difficult, but we will get through this together.”

“For drive-in services, law enforcement have received reports that people are not staying in their vehicles,” the release said. “For example, people will leave their cars to let their children play, go to nearby restrooms, or otherwise congregate.”