Investigators believe the fire at First Pentecostal Church to be suspected arson, Maj.
Holly Springs City Attorney Shirley Byers said the city issued its own safer-at-home order on March 23, and it did not consider churches an essential service.
The judge declined to block the city's stay-at-home order, as the church had requested, and noted that the city had, in a subsequent executive order, allowed for drive-in church services.
Holly Springs City Attorney Shirley Byers said almost 40 parishioners inside the church building were not practicing social distancing on April 10 when a violation citation was issued for the church.
A church lawyer says police cited the pastor for holding an Easter service and later closed a Bible study.
A MS church burned in an apparent act of arson is the same church at the center of a legal battle with the city over safer-at-home orders issued in response to the coronavirus, according to officials.
Investigators found graffiti on pavement in the church parking lot that reads, "Bet you stay home now you hypokrits (sic)". "But if this is in fact what it looks like, I want you to know that we're going to do everything in our power to find whomever burned this church down".
The church was "burned to the ground" and had been trying to open services, Reeves tweeted Thursday. However, this conflicted with Reeves order, which counted churches as essential services and led to tensions with First Pentecostal Church.
NHLPA expected to approve NHL's return-to-play plan
Winnipeg sniper Patrik Laine said earlier Friday before the announcement that getting back on the ice is what matters. The Avalanche entered the March 12th pause ranked second, trailing the Blues by two points with one game in hand.
Probes launched into inmate's COVID-19 death
There are 1,516 people being treated for COVID-19 in Quebec hospitals as of Wednesday, down 268 from the 1,784 reported Tuesday. Guilbault noted that Quebec's public health department gave the go ahead to loosen restrictions on the gatherings.