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Macon pastor, Lieutenant Governor respond to senate bill to keep churches open

People in Central Georgia are reacting to a bill that would ensure small businesses and places of worship can keep their doors open and not lose money during state of emergencies. The pastor says his congregation has over 500 active members. They've had virtual services for a year now. Adside says many of his members are in the vulnerable population, those most at-risk for contracting COVID-19. That's why he says opening the doors and filling the pews is not an option at his church. In a release, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan says staying open would ensure job security for people. Adside says if the Business and Religious Institution Protection Act is officially signed into law, he'll do what he can to still make sure his members and the surrounding community are safe.

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