The news is out: [Two megachurches in Albuquerque have been fined $10,000 each by New Mexico authorities for violating the state’s Covid-19 protocols.
Legacy Church and Calvary Church in Albuquerque were sent notices by New Mexico’s Health Department on Monday, which informed them of their $10,000 fines.
The churches have been fined $5,000 each for violating the state’s 25 per cent capacity on houses of worship and an extra $5,000 for breaching New Mexico’s mask mandate.
The department said it is also deliberating over “other remedies” to prevent the churches from hosting large turnouts in the future that are in violation of New Mexico governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s coronavirus order.
The investigations by the state department were launched after videos and pictures from the churches Christmas eve services were spread across social media last week.
The footage and photos showed hundreds of worshippers at both churches ignoring social distancing measures, while many of the attendees were seen not wearing face masks, according to NBC News.
In a statement released after the fines for the two megachurches were announced, the governor criticized the gatherings.
“In violating both the state public health order and common sense, these two churches and their leaders endangered the lives, livelihoods and health of not only their parishioners but their entire communities,” Ms Grisham said on Wednesday.
The governor added that “given how quickly this virus can spread,” the gathering potentially endangered “our state as a whole.”]
Collecting cash donations at all costs, so the pastors can afford the mansions, private planes, air conditioned dog houses, shopping trips for the mistresses, drugs and the service of hookers.