It is not a
violation of Town Code for Fairhaven Baptist Church members to go
door-to-door promoting their church during the COVID-19 pandemic.
That’s the finding
of Chesterton Police Chief Dave Cincoski, who told the Chesterton Tribune
this morning that, so long as Fairhaven members aren’t attempting to sell a
service or good, they’re not in need of a peddler’s license.
“Until the governor
issues an executive order, they can go door-to-door,” Cincoski said.
And if the Gov.
Holcomb does issue an executive order mandating a lockdown?
It’s unclear at the
moment how such a lockdown order would be interpreted and enforced, Cincoski
told the Tribune. Discussions with other law enforcement agencies and
municipal and state officials are already underway on that issue, he added.
door-to-door campaign has, however, prompted a robust debate on social
“Omg do they all
have their heads buried in the sand?? That is extremely irresponsible of
them to be doing that!!”
“Oh this is my
church and while I wasn’t involved with this this morning, the church
leadership had them putting the flyers on the doors, not knocking.”
Hope definitely needs to be shared at this time.”
“So they actually
rang your doorbell?”
“Yep. And waited
for someone to answer