American Churches Fined $10,000 for Hosting Christmas Eve Services

Two churches in Albuquerque, New Mexico have received fines after they hosted prayer services on Christmas Eve, KOAT7 reports.

Both institutions face fines for exceeding the 25% capacity limit on religious venues and ignoring mask mandates, which could cost each church up to $10,000 in fines, $5,000 for each violation.

Bernalillo County, the county in which Albuquerque is located, is currently in the “red” zone under the state’s coronavirus guidelines. Under such restrictions, religious institutions are allowed to host gatherings with attendance capped at 25% of structural capacity. Read more…

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