Mississippi governor asks churches to hold Easter services online

WATCH: Mississippi Governor asks churches to hold Easter services online

MISSISSIPPI — With Easter Sunday approaching, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves wanted to express his appreciation for the church at his briefing Wednesday.

“It would bring me great joy to see our churches full on this Easter Sunday and honestly on any typical Sunday,” said Reeves.

When it comes to the fight against COVID-19, Reeves was clear in his message when it came to churches still holding service.

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“This is not the time to hold in-person services and fill our churches,” Reeves said.

Mississippi’s 88 new cases yesterday was a decrease from almost 180 the day before. Still, Reeves said the state hasn’t reached its peak in cases.

Bishop Stanley Searcy of New Hope the Vision Center in Natchez was among those still holding services. After meeting with Reeves, he’s agreed to not have church.

“Governor I’m here to do whatever you ask me to do,” said Searcy. “And I’ll be willing to cancel my service on Easter Sunday.”

Reeves also addressed the topic of schools.

After calling for schools to be closed through April 17 last month, he said to expect a clear plan by April 14.

“I will be consulting with education officials and getting their guidance,” Reeves said. “Mississippi students have already proven their exceptional ability to learn under tough circumstances.”

When asked what the options could be, Reeves said all options are on the table.

“I would say at this point we haven’t ruled anything out,” the governor said. “We are looking at all of our options.”

The Tunica County Sherriff’s Office asked all churches to ring their bells at 6 p.m. every day from now until April 20 when the shelter in pace order expires.

At 6:15 p.m. the sheriff’s office will ring bells and sound off sirens to show support for health care workers and those who are sick.

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