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Here’s a look at what states are exempting religious gatherings from stay at home orders

Apr 3, 2020

By Madeline Holcombe and Stephanie Gallman

Officials from the health care and federal and state governments have promoted social distancing as a powerful tool in the fight against coronavirus.

But of the 39 states that have implemented stay at home orders, 12 make exceptions for religious gatherings.

A revival held at a church resulted in an outbreak of the virus in Hopkins County, Kentucky, and the governor reminded the public Wednesday that those exercising the exemptions still hold a responsibility to take precautions to the virus.

“The ramifications when we don’t follow this, end up being widespread and they hurt people that didn’t make that choice,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Let’s make sure that we’re responsible in the choices we make to protect those around us.”

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