Quarantine continues to interrupt Christians lives as they prepare for Easter worship services that have been mostly closed over the novel COVID-19 virus. While churches close, McDonalds, Walmarts and many other businesses with a much higher volume of customers remain open.
Traffic volumes vary greatly but on average, about 3500-4000 customers a a week shop at any given Walmart store, while many locations see well above 10,000 customers on any given week. Given that many Walmarts have seen a drastic surge in traffic over the last two months, a conservative average of 8,000 customers a week will be used.
The median church congregation is roughly 75 people, assuming many more Christians will attend on Easter Sunday, we will allow a Conservative estimate of the average congregation seeing roughly 100 in attendance.
These numbers show that you are 80 times more likely to catch COVID-19 inside of a Walmart than inside of a Church. With the correct precautions, the chances of catching COVID-19 at church on Easter Sunday could be reduced greatly, much more so than any supermarket.
Even as COVID-19 grips America, many supermarkets have seen a surge in sales, meaning many supermarkets have seen a surge in customers who could be spreading the corona virus.
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Many politicians are enforcing the draconian church closure policies. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has said state officials will record church goers license plates and issue misdemeanor violations of quarantine on Easter Sunday.
Beshear also said “Local health officials then will contact the people associated with those vehicles and require them to self-quarantine for 14 days. This is the only way we can ensure that your decision doesn’t kill someone else,”
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Many churches have had to resort to holding open lot masses. Congregants remain in their vehicles, maintaining a proper social distancing. If churches practice appropriate measures, Easter Sunday mass should be opened for Americans.
While most churches remain closed for Easter, supermarkets and restaurants remain open for business. Free market capitalism wins this round.