Worcester church again holds in-person service in defiance of COVID-19 state of emergency

“I’m not worried about what fines will come in."

Pastor Kristopher D. Casey waves the American flag after leading people in a song outside his Adams Square Baptist Church in Worcester, Mass. after a service at which 46 attendees were counted Sunday, May 3, 2020. At right is his wife, Rachael. Pastor Casey defied Gov. Charlie Baker's ban on gatherings of more than 10 people at two Sunday services in a row.
Pastor Kristopher Casey waves an American flag after leading people in a song outside his Adams Square Baptist Church in Worcester, after a service on Sunday, May 3, 2020. At right is his wife, Rachael. –Christine Peterson/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP

Adams Square Baptist Church again held a service with more than 10 people Wednesday night in defiance of Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 state of emergency.

The Rev. Kristopher Casey confirmed to the Worcester Telegram and Gazette that he was issued a $300 for holding the service in defiance of the order, but he told the newspaper he thinks Baker and others won’t enforce it.

“I don’t believe we’ll be paying the fine,” he told the Telegram and Gazette as he stood outside the church Wednesday night.

Twenty-five people or more attended Wednesday’s service, according to MassLive. This marked the third time the church has defied the state of emergency.

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The church announced it would resume services in a letter sent to Baker and Worcester city officials dated April 22. A copy of it was posted on the church’s Facebook page. The church held a service the following Sunday, April 26, that drew over 50 people. The church then limited the amount of in-person parishioners to 10 during its service on Wednesday, April 29. But a service this past Sunday had 46 people.

“I’m not worried about what fines will come in,” Casey said prior to Wednesday’s service, according to MassLive.


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