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Detroit's Hartford Church suspending Sunday service for first time in 100 years

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Posted at 1:51 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 13:53:27-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Hartford Memorial Baptist Church is suspending live worship services for the first time in 100 years.

  • Gov. Whitmer orders temporary ban on large gatherings and events over 250 people

This is in compliance with Governor Gretchen Whitmer's recent ban on public gatherings amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Services at 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. will be streamed online.

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On Friday, Whitmer ordered all events and shared spaces that contain more than 250 people to be canceled.

The ban is in effect until April 5.

“Prohibiting large assemblages is the smart thing to do to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “It’s crucial that everyone in Michigan follow these orders and make smart choices that will slow the spread of the virus, including practicing good hygiene and social distancing."