Local pastor leads national day of prayer called for by Pres. Trump

HALL COUNTY, Ga. — President Donald Trump has called for a national day of prayer today and he asked a local pastor to help him lead it.

Channel 2′s Lauren Pozen was at Free Chapel Church in Gainesville. Usually, there would have been people packing the parking lot to make it to Sunday service, but today, the lot was empty. That is because the service was broadcast online.

Many places of worship in Georgia are turning to online services to stop the spread of coronavirus.

On Saturday, President Trump called for a national day of prayer Sunday.

He tweeted he would be tuning in to the service at Free Chapel Church in Gainesville at 11 a.m.

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Earlier in the day Saturday, Gov. Brian Kemp issued a public health emergency for the first time in Georgia’s history.

The executive order will give health officials the power to quarantine Georgians exposed to the virus.

It will also allow authorities to restrict travel into the state and limit or cancel public gatherings, like concerts and festivals.

“Avoiding large gatherings. Having church services go online. Stay at home,” Kemp said.