Tri-State pastors have mixed feelings about Beshear’s recommendation to cancel Sunday service

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HENDERSON, Ky (WEHT) – Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is putting an emphasis on avoiding large crowds due to the coronavirus outbreak.

As a precaution, Beshear recommended some new measures be put in place.

During his morning briefing, Beshear provided an update on what actions the state was taking to combat coronavirus after reporting 8 confirmed cases in the state.

Beshear announced new measures be put in place to avoid large crowds including closing visitations to state prisons and suspended out-of-state travel for state employees.

But one of his recommendations is getting a little more attention than others.

I’m going to recommend that our churches across Kentucky cancel their services for this weekend.”

His recommendations didn’t take long to reach church leaders – like pastor Mike Snyder who says he agrees.

“If the government feels like this threat is going to harm our people we will do everything we can to cooperate with that.”

First Presbyterian Church plans to keep its door open as they prepare for an 8-hour concert Friday night honoring Yohan Sabastian Bock, But will anyone be there to hear it?

Paster fleming says they are ahead of the virus and have a plan in place for service members including shutting off water fountains and creating distance between pews.

Although the doors remain open for the community, Fleming says it’s up to visitors to make the call to come.

“There’s no reason for a religious community of any kind to put people at risk,” says Fleming.

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(This story was originally published on March 11, 2020)

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