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Hundreds at Louisiana church flout COVID-19 gatherings ban

APTOPIX Virus Outbreak Louisiana Church Service
Posted at 8:06 PM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-29 20:06:39-04

CENTRAL, La. (AP) — Hundreds of people in Louisiana attended worship services at their church in defiance of the state's ban on gatherings due to COVID-19.

An estimated 500 people of all ages filed into the Life Tabernacle church on Sunday outside of Baton Rouge.

The service came a day after New Orleans police broke up what they described as a “funeral repast” of about 100 people.

Assistant ministers and worshippers who stood outside the front doors and in the parking lot told news reporters to leave.