UPDATED 11:26 AM PT — Friday, June 12, 2020
Congressman Andy Harris (R-Md.) is siding with a Baltimore area church that was fined for opening despite ongoing coronavirus lockdowns.
Rep. Harris told reporters he will enlist the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the citation given to Calvary Baptist Church if the fine is not lifted by Tuesday.
Last week, Baltimore County said the church broke a code citing unsafe structures. However, the congregation’s leader, Stacey Shiflet, has argued his facilities are extremely safe. Shiflet said he’s never put his members health at risk while exercising their First Amendment right.
Congressman Andy Harris is seeking a U-S Justice Dept investigation into the Baltimore County fine levied against Calvary Baptist Church for holding a service during the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/mJFSTk6TgH
— David Collins (@dcollinsWBAL) June 12, 2020
The church first reopened in may at a limited capacity and leaders said they have followed strict public health safety guidelines since opening back up.