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Northam Wants You To Tattle On Church Attendees

Jeff Katz
June 26, 2020 - 12:34 pm

Ralph Northam's health department is reportedly encouraging residents to "snitch" on public gatherings and other activities that might violate the governor's coronavirus orders, including churches.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, the Virginia Department of Public Health website has recently been updated to include an option for residents to anonymously report neighbors to the state that exceed the emergency capacity limits in buildings or refuse to wear face masks. 

The form allows those reporting to specify the type of establishment, including whether it is an "indoor gun range" or "religious service."

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Residents can also report establishments such as grocery or convenience stores, restaurants, brick and mortar retail stores, wineries or breweries, "personal grooming service," and gyms.

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"If you have observed violations of Executive 63 or Executive Order 65 and wish to file a complaint, fill out this report form as completely as possible," the form states. "The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has the authority to enforce Executive Order 63 and section A of Executive Order 65. VDH will review your complaint and forward it to your Local Health Department."

Under Northam's "Phase Two" reopening rules, religious services are limited to 50 percent of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy of the room or facility in which the religious services are conducted. Those who attend religious services must also be six feet apart at all times and practice physical distancing.