Worcester Pastor Fined After Holding Sunday Service

WORCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A pastor who held two Sunday church services will be fined $300 for violating the Governor's ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.

According to Worcester city manager Edward Augustus Jr., Pastor Kristopher Casey's decision to hold a second service with dozens of people at Adams Square Baptist Church has put the public at risk.

“It is disappointing that despite all of the sound medical advice, and evidence of the effectiveness of limiting public gathering in curbing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, that this pastor has chosen to ignore that,” Augustus said in a statement. “In so doing, he is putting the health of his parishioners, and anyone they may come in direct contact with, at risk."

The Worcester Telegram reports Police Chief Steven M. Sargent was standing across the street around 10 a.m., counting people walking into the church. At least 46 people were counted leaving the church. Last week, Pastor Casey reportedly drew a crowd of 56 attendees.

Augustus Jr. said the pastor will be presented with a $300 civil fine on Monday, in accordance with the fine allowed for a second violation of the Governor’s order.

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