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CORONAVIRUS FALLOUT: Churches Still Opened For Easter, VA Pastor Dies From COVID-19 + Coronavirus Curve Flattening In Some Cities + Cinemark Needs Bailout

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There’s much to discuss with everything that went on over the weekend during the Coronavirus pandemic. More inside…

 

 

Rev. Tony Spell (above) of Life Tabernacle Church in East Baton Rouge Parish – who previously said he’s not too much concerned over the pandemic – held an Easter service yesterday where reportedly over 1,000 churchgoers were in attendance. SIR!

According to TMZ, Rev. Spell – who has previously been arrested for hosting gatherings over 10 people - welcomed 1,345 people to his church to celebrate Resurrection Sunday. In fact, he claims Sunday’s service attendance was higher than his usual turnout. These numbers come from Rev. Spell. It’s unclear how many people were actually in attendance as the count is based on what Rev. Spell shared with the publication.

Rev. Spell had the cameras rolling during his Easter Sunday service, but the cameras rarely showed the people in the audience. According to the site, the cameras focused mostly on Rev. Spell, but the site claims you could hear more than “10 people present.”

Sighs…

Last week…

Rev. Spell told TMZ that his followers would happily die from the virus if it meant they could attend his church services in person. Peep the clip above.

Cops didn't arrest him following the service. It's reported they're currently building a case against him for the District Attorney.

While Rev. Spell is still holding face-to-face services, one pastor in Virginia lost his life doing so...

 

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Bishop Gerald O. Glenn, the Founder and Pastor of...

Posted by The New Deliverance Evangelistic Church on Sunday, April 12, 2020

 

A pastor in Richmond, VA has lost his life due to COVID-19, weeks after hosting a packed Sunday service.

It's reported Bishop Gerald O. Glenn of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church has died after contracting COVID-19. His wife, Marcietia Glenn, also tested positive for the deadly virus. The New York Post reports in the pastor's last known in-person service, Bishop Glenn said he would continue preaching unless he was in jail or in the hospital despite the state's "stay-at-home" order. Sadly, his life ended due to the latter.

"I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus. You can quote me on that," he said during the sermon. "I am essential," he said about keeping the doors of his church open. "I'm a preacher - I talk to God!"

The church announced his passing via Facebook. Check it above.

Now, Bishop Glenn's daughter, Mar-Gerie Crawley, is urging folks to stay home.

"I just beg people to understand the severity and the seriousness of this, because people are saying it's not just about us, it's about everyone around us," she told local news station WTVR.

It's unclear how Bishop Glenn and his wife contracted the virus and whether or not they infected anyone else.

Sad.

Also...

 

 

Good news! It seems New York is flattening the Coronavirus curve, thankfully.

During Governor Andrew Cuomo's Monday morning press conference, he assured New Yorkers "the curve continues to flatten," and that "it appears we have a plateau." At the time of the conference, the coronavirus death toll in New York state had reached above 10,000. https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/live-blog/2020-04-13-coronavi...

You can check out his press briefs from yesterday (Easter Sunday) and today above and below:

 

 

Across the nation...

 

 

Thanks to Mayor London Breed's swift response, San Francisco is also flattening the Coronavirus curve.

You'll recall, she was one of the first mayors to declare a state of emergency, which she put in place in late February. A few weeks after she declared a state of emergency, she banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people. Her aggressive and FAST decisions have helped the city's fight against the pandemic and things are moving towards getting better. 

“All evidence suggests that they are doing much better, and the simplest explanation for that is that they did take social-distancing measures very seriously and they did it early,said Emily Gurley, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking the global COVID-19 outbreak.

Oh, and don't even THINK about going to San Francisco to celebrate 4/20 during the height of the pandemic. You will go to jail. Peep her message above.

In movie news...

After laying off 17,500 hourly workers and furloughing half of its corporate employees, Cinemark - the nation's third largest movie theater chain - also need a bail out - just like AMC Theaters.

The company is reportedly selling $250 million worth of debt securities via senior secured notes and will use the net proceeds of the proposed offering for general corporate purposes, including further increasing its liquidity. The company said the debt will be secured by a first-priority lien on its leases.

“Cinemark’s priority as it navigates through this uncertainty is to ensure that the company will be able to once again open theatres and employ our global team members,” CEO Mark Zoradi said last month in a statement announcing employee wage cuts. “I look forward to the day in the hopefully not-to-distant future when the Cinemark team can once again welcome guests to enjoy the immersive moviegoing experience we offer at our theatres.”

Here's the latest:

Studios have pushed many of their upcoming releases back until later in 2020 or 2021, meaning that the summer blockbuster season will essentially be a wash. That’s catastrophic for the movie business, which makes more than half of its revenues during the summer.

Some chains, such as AMC Theaters, appear to be on the verge of insolvency, while others are hoping that the federal stimulus bills will help them secure loans that they need to remain in business. Cinemark has furloughed employees and shut down nearly all of its nearly 350 locations nationwide. CEO Mark Zoradi and Cinemark’s board of directors will forgo their salaries during the crisis. Cinemark had a debt load of $3.4 billion at the end of 2019.

Yeah, it looks like movie-going as we once knew it may never return.

Meanwhile this is who Trump has named as his council to determine how to reopen America:

 

Chile...

 

EXTRAS:

1. In case you missed, China has made it illegal for citizens to consume cats or dogs. STORY

 

2. "Good Morning America" anchor George Stephanopoulos has tested positive for Coronavirus. STORY

 

Photo: Holly Guerrio/Shutterstock.com/Life Tabernacle Church's IG

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