The mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, is facing criticism from the right for orders stating that nonessential businesses can have no more than ten people inside and 50 people outside even if they are following social distancing guidelines. Business owners must also record the activity of anyone who stays inside for longer than ten minutes.
The 10/10/10 rule goes into effect today. One conservative law firm went so far to compare it to Hitler’s decrees during the Third Reich, by forcing churches to “surveil, track and spy” on worshipers who attend in-person services.
Yet, Mayor Quinton Lucas (D) remains defiant, vowing that the measures are necessary to limit coronavirus’ spread.
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“Our goal isn’t to see what everyone is doing and be Big Brother,” Lucas said, according to FOX 4, but that’s not how many in the community see it.
At least one church feared its rights were being violated and contacted Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, a legal nonprofit that has been defending churches amid coronavirus lockdown orders.
“They’re targeting people and you have to give them your name and contact information as a prerequisite,” Staver told the “Todd Starnes Show” Monday. “What did they start doing in Nazi Germany? They started targeting people. They started to collect their names and their data so that they knew who they were and where they’ve been.”
Attorney General Bill Barr’s Justice Department is looking into the matter, according to Staver, who threatened legal action if the policy doesn’t change. The DOJ recently sided with a Virginia church suing Gov. Ralph Northam after police threatened a pastor with jail time or a $2,500 fine for violating an executive order and holding a 16-person church service on Palm Sunday.