Geary County Sheriff Daniel Jackson has urged religious leaders to follow limits on gatherings. He issued a statement on Monday.
"Inshalla, if God wills it. I heard this more times than I ever want to remember over my many deployments during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. And this is no judgement on one religion over another. But I saw many comrades, patriots die under those five words. To hear churches in our community continue to hold in person services, “because God wills it”, and justify their in person services under basically the same pretexts bothers me considerably.
I implore all our religious leadership in the community to do the right thing. Stop holding in person worship. If you are concerned that elderly don’t have access to livestream then go to their house and provide them with livestream capabilities. This is not a Gods will situation and as religious leaders it is irresponsible to your parishioners as well as the community at large to do otherwise. This is a plea from your Sheriff, I do not want to see a repeat of what we are seeing across the nation."