DUNDALK, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland’s confirmed cases have reached 46,000 with Sunday’s numbers showing a decline in hospitalizations and ICU beds.

But Baltimore City and Baltimore County have both extended prohibitions of gatherings of 10 or more people- including religious institutions.

“If Walmart’s open it’s time for the churches to be open,” said David Gibbs III, attorney for Calvary Baptist Church.

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Sunday services were held at Dundalk’s Calvary Baptist Church despite the county’s order.

“Our people were just ready to come back to church,” said Pastor Stacey Shiflett, with Calvary Baptist Church.

The church was checking temperatures and handing out liability waivers as worshippers arrived.


“Those that are here are willing to take the risk,” the pastor said.

“It just defies logic to why they’d wanna do that!” said Al Brauer, one of the area’s neighbors who looked on to the services with growing concern.

“He’s gonna have hundreds of people in there God knows who they’re gonna carry it home to or give to,” Brauer said.

On Wednesday, Pastor Shiflett ripped up a cease and desist order, vowing to defy the COVID shutdown.

“I’m tearing up this cease and desist order right now and I’m telling you right now we’re gonna do it God’s way,” Shiflett said in a Twitter video.

“The restrictions of gatherings of ten or more people remain in place either indoors or outdoors,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski.

On Friday, President Donald Trump labeled churches and other houses of worship essential.

“…have left out churches and other houses of worship, that’s not right,” President Trump said.

He urged governors to let them reopen this weekend.

“If they don’t do it, I will override the governors,” He added.

“I think the ministers will have to decide for themselves whether they want to protect the safety of their parishioners,” Mayor Young said.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has also said starting next week they’ll be reopening churches in areas of the state that allow gatherings of more than 10 people.

For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

Annie Rose Ramos

Comments (4)
  1. A true Christian says:

    That “pastor” needs to read his Bible!

    Romans 13:1-2 says: “Obey the government, for God is the One who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. So those who refuse to obey the law of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow.”

    Religion comes from inside your hart, not from being in any church. You can pray and worship anywhere.

    A true Christian does what the Bible says and it says to obey the laws.

  2. nene says:

    AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He should just have tore out that page of the BIBLE GOD will judge him like he spit on GODS words

    and what did that adulter Trump do today after pretending to be a christian ??? He play golf again

  3. Dave says:

    He should be arrested and thrown in jail. He may not like the law but it is the law. Our church has everything online now has for weeks

  4. King Julian says:

    once again religion killing people, the return of the Crusades.

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