Argentina: Pastor Ignores Lockdown Rules and Holds Service For Over 200 Worshippers

Argentina: Pastor Ignores Lockdown Rules and Holds Service For Over 200 Worshippers

This is the moment residents packed an evangelical church in Argentina before they were forced to evacuate the building for ignoring the country’s nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

The incident took place Sunday night in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Carlos Spegazzini where nearly 200 worshippers gathered after pastor Luis Anderson Chero extended an invite.

Two videos that were recorded by attendees and posted later on social media showed most of the visitors while they prayed, sang and danced along with a live band.

The majority of the churchgoers that appeared in the video were wearing facemasks and tried to keep a distance by leaving several empty chairs in between.

The loud music caught the attention of neighborhood residents who contacted the police and sent audios as proof of what was taking place.

Cops arrived several hours later and many of the church attendees could be seen in another video quietly streaming out of the building where more than 50 cars were stationed.

DailyMail.com reached out to Chero for comment.

Despite a countrywide order in place since March 20 that bans mass gatherings as a preventive measure to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, some residents in the South American nation have carelessly dismissed it for a variety of reasons.

More than 52,000 people have been arrested for violating the national quarantine.

At least 41 people, including 23 minors, were arrested the early morning of April 12 after police broke up a house party that was arranged by a woman and her daughter in the Argentine province of San Luis.

The ravaging coronavirus has caused the deaths of 147 people and sickened 3,031 others in Argentina.

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