Health officials in Ohio are urging a megachurch to stop holding mass gatherings, including in-person worship services.
Solid Rock Church of Lebanon has continued to hold worship services despite concerns that large gatherings could spread the COVID-19 virus.
The Butler County Public Health District sent a letter to the church last Friday, noting that it had received multiple complaints about the worship services.
“Butler County Public Health officials highly encourage Solid Rock Church discontinue holding large mass gatherings and practice social distancing,” stated the letter, according to Cincinnati-based Fox 19.
“Bringing together a large number of people during a pandemic increases the pace at which the virus spreads, overwhelming our hospital systems and posing a significant risk to members within the congregation.”
The letter also noted that most of the houses of worship in the state “meet their congregation’s spiritual fulfillment” through online materials and services.
Two days after the letter was issued, Solid Rock held a Sunday worship service posted online, in which church leaders reiterated that people were not being forced to attend.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski