The pastor involved in the Maine superspader wedding asked to wear a mask at the son’s wedding

A Maine pastor who presided over a superprider event from a wedding that has been linked to at least eight Covid-19 deaths and the most infected will attend another wedding next month – of her son.

Rev. Todd Bell’s son tied a knot across the state line at South Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on October 17, the church confirmed.

And if Bell refuses to wear a mask to the ceremony, he can get shoes.

“I hope the pastor wears a bell mask,” church official Jennifer Lede told Maine Monitor. “Saying goodbye to another person of faith is an incredibly difficult thing. But unfortunately, I have to be a hard-ass. If you are not wearing a mask, you will not come inside. “

Todd Bell, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, Maine, shows January 19, 2017 in Alfred, Maine.Tammy Wells / Portland Press Herald via AP file

South Church, Covid-1 is taking the kind of safety precautions that Belle repeatedly opposed in her sermons at the Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, Maine.

The “family minister” who did not identify Leiden will perform the ceremony, and the historic historic sanctuary, built to house 505 people, is expected to be attended by only 500 people.

It would be “an in-out-out service” without the singer, Lade added.

Other Covid-19 developments:

  • The NFL has postponed Sunday’s match between the Tennessee Titans and the Pittsburgh Steelers after several Titans players tested positive for the coronavirus. The Titans’ players tested positive just two days after Tee defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis.
  • Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said the indoor performance venue, which was scheduled to reopen next week, will be closed after the city’s seven-day average positivity rate increases, and all outdoor venues will have to continue operating at 25 percent capacity as the city’s seven-day average positivity rate increases.
  • A 19-year-old apparently healthy student at Ala Palacian State University in North Carolina died Monday night of covid-19 complications, school officials said Tuesday. Chad Dorrill lived off campus earlier this month when he developed flu-like symptoms and took all his classes online, university officials said in a statement.
  • There was grief in the Magic Kingdom as the Walt Disney Company announced it was laying off 28,000 workers.
  • More and more people were starving in Puerto Rico as a result of the epidemic. And this year Congress 900 million that Congress has funded for the Food Stamp Program, which has been spent on almost half of the island’s population.
  • NBC News figures show that Texas has now overtaken California as the state with the highest number of Covid-19 deaths at 15,988 and was close to New Jersey at 16,117, NBC News figures show. New York still has the highest with 33,990. Texas experienced a new case and explosion of death in the spring and fall when it hit the Covid-19 South and Sun Belt in the same way it reopened at the urging of President Donald Trump.

Later that day Bell is welcomed at the Hall of Great Falls in Somersworth, a town near New Hampshire.

“I’m more worried about the reception than sitting in a church wearing a mask for 15 or 20 minutes,” Led said.

Following an inquiry by NBC News, the church released a further statement Wednesday stating that Church Bell is taking extra precautions for the wedding and the families are cooperating.

“The hired party is admissible and cooperative about the church’s efforts to protect the safety and well-being of their wedding party and guests on this very special day in their lives,” he said.

Bell, whose comment could not be reached for comment, handed over the wedding at Big Moose Inn, Millennial, Maine, on Aug. Gust Mill.

It quickly spread across the state, infecting more than 180 people, including many inmates at York County Jail. Most of the eight people who died were elderly residents at the Madison Retirement and Rehabilitation Center in Madison.

Weak on online and social media, Todd claimed that he and his family were receiving death threats.

But even in the Maine ov fees of the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, despite the Covid-19 case being linked to marriage, an obscure ballet continued services where there was no social gap and urged her crowd to trust God. Government.

And even though he is not a doctor, Belle said in a sermon that wearing a mask to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is “like trying to keep a kind of mosquito away from a chain-link fence.”

Belle Maine has also continued to break the rules of the virus, although it is located in York County, a coronavirus hot spot with 44 percent of new cases in the state.

Since the onset of the epidemic, Maine has reported 141 deaths and 5,337 infections, according to the latest figures from NBC News.

While Sanford City Council has voted 100d residents for not wearing a mask, Belle has refused to enforce the rules and the city can do nothing because it runs a church and a private school, Sanford Christian Academy.

“There’s been no really good conversation with Bell at the moment,” Sanford City Councilor Maura Hurley said in an interview with local media. “He wants to do whatever he wants on his podium, and he’s chosen his line in the sand.”

Bell is not the only religious leader locked in a church-versus-state struggle over how to respond to the coronavirus crisis. Many churches in other states have claimed that the restrictions imposed by the government were a violation of religious freedom to prevent people from getting sick.

Among the well-known examples is the Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, which has been providing services for weeks on indoor gatherings, ignoring state and local limits.

And there’s Rivers at Tampa Bay Church in Florida, whose minister was arrested in March for rejecting Hillsborough County’s ban on mass gatherings during the epidemic.

With just months to go before the presidential election, President Donald Trump is still struggling to contain the spread of a virus that, as of Wednesday morning, had killed 207,265 people and infected more than 7.2 million in the U.S., NBC News estimates. Shown.

If Trump claims success in fighting the epidemic, the U.S. now accounts for one-fifth of the world’s more than 10 million Covid-19 deaths and one-fifth of the world’s 33.7 million confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University Covid-19 dashboard.