A church in Butte County opened its doors. Now 180 people are in quarantine.

One hundred eighty people in Butte County have been ordered to self-quarantine after an attendee at a large church service on Mother’s Day tested positive for the virus.

Palermo Bible Family Church Pastor Michael Jacobsen has refused to apologize for the decision to open the church against state and county orders. During a recent virtual sermon (he too is in quarantine), Jacobson said Jesus never felt the need to defend himself to Pontius Pilate.

“I don’t feel the like the decision we made was irresponsible,” he added.

The county disagrees.

“Despite the Governor's order, the organization chose to open its doors, which resulted in exposing the entire congregation to COVID-19,” officials said. “This decision comes at a cost of many hours and a financial burden to respond effectively to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19. Such decisions can place great risk on the County's ability to continue opening at a faster rate than the State. If the Governor's order is not followed, these types of decisions may jeopardize BCPH's ability to respond adequately to prevent the spread of COVID-19."

Read more at The Sacramento Bee.

See also:

Justice Department Tells California to Reopen Churches.