Kansas City, Missouri has a plan to reopen the city in phases but a controversial policy for churches may not sit well with some places of worship.
UPDATE (5/6/2020) - Churches in Kansas City, Missouri, will not be required to keep a list of people at worship services. The plan issued by Mayor Quinton Lucas last week is now voluntary, as opposed to mandatory. (Read more...)
The order from Mayor Quinton Lucas permits religious gatherings, weddings, and funerals of up to 10 people, or 10 percent of the building occupancy (whichever is greater) for indoor services. A maximum of 50 people may gather for outdoor services.
In either situation, social distancing must be maintained --- and records of attendees must be kept.
"We're not asking that churches provide a list immediately to the city," Morgan Said, director of communications for Mayor Quinton Lucas, told MetroVoiceNews.com. "Churches keep the list and only if a member tests positive, and that member attended a church function, would the church provide a list to the city."
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, says the government has no business knowing who comes to church.
"I've never seen anything like this," Staver tells OneNewsNow. "That is so beyond the pale of reasonableness and constitutionality where they want to record the names and contact individuals of anyone who comes to church, keep them on record for 30 days, so that the government may contact them at some point later."
Medical offices and grocery stores are exempt, and Staver is accusing the city of “unequal treatment” with such a demand.
He points to a federal court ruling in Kentucky that struck down that state’s controversial requirement for churches thanks to Liberty Counsel's work.