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UPDATE: Chattanooga church permitted to hold drive-in services

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke  has reversed course and will allow drive-in church services during the coronavirus pandemic after the city was sued over its ban.

Berke confirmed the change in policy Saturday on Twitter.

The conservative legal group Alliance Defending Freedom recently filed a federal lawsuit over the drive-in church ban on behalf of Chattanooga-based Metropolitan Tabernacle Church.

The lawsuit followed Berke’s declaration that drive-in religious services would violate the city’s shelter-in-place directive that has been in place since April 2.

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EARLIER STORY: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee church is challenging a local ban on drive-in church services.

The church joins a growing list of lawsuits seeking to push back against limitations on religious gatherings that have been enacted to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

A conservative legal group called Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit this week on behalf of Metropolitan Tabernacle Church, based in Chattanooga.

The complaint follows Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke’s declaration that drive-in religious services would violate the city’s shelter-in-place directive that has been in place since April 2.

The number of confirmed cases of the virus in Tennessee climbed to more than 6,500 on Friday.

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