Defiant California Megachurch Refuses to Close Despite $50,000 in Fines

(Facebook/North Valley Baptist Church)

The pastor of a megachurch in California said this week his church will continue holding in-person services amid the coronavirus pandemic despite facing tens of thousands of dollars in fines from the county for each in-person service.

"They've ratcheted this thing up," he said in a video posted to Facebook Tuesday, revealing his church is facing a total of $52,750 in fines.

North Valley is facing financial penalties for holding in-person services on Sunday mornings and evenings and Wednesday nights. The county has issued additional fines for alleged social distancing violations, which Trieber said is a bogus charge.

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