The New Testament Church of God in Antigua and Barbuda has issued an apology for the violation of physical distancing regulations.
“The New Testament Church of God apologizes to the Governor General, the Prime Minister, the Attorney General, the Commissioner of Police and the citizens and residents of Antigua and Barbuda for the unfortunate event that took place at the Bolans New Testament Church of God on Sunday March 29, 2020,” the church said in a press release.
It went on to acknowledge that members of the church should be held to the same standards as every other citizen to follow the laws and guidelines set by the country.
The church affirmed its position to adhere to social distancing protocols in its effort to aid in the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19.
On Monday Pastor Uriah Taylor was remanded to prison after pleading guilty to failure to comply with public health regulations banning gatherings in excess of 25 people.
Police moved in to end a service at the church on Sunday and disperse worshipers after receiving reports there were more than 25 people in attendance.
The event was captured in a video that has since gone viral on social media.
Meanwhile, Alston Turner, a member of the church pleaded guilty to battery on police, obstruction and resisting arrest.
He too was remanded.