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'NYC is all over the place': Hillsong pastor urges government to issue clearer lockdown guidance as infections slow

by Premier Journalist

Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz has called on the authorities to provide clearer guidelines as the city braces for a phased return to normality. In a video posted to Instagram, Lentz insisted that the quarantine rules appear to be "different from block to block," noting that the confusion is causing the city to be "all over the place."

"These are confusing times, my friends!" Lentz said "Let's pray this week for our government, people in leadership, anybody who has a voice to help lead us through this pandemic...NYC is all over the place right now with what's allowed, not allowed, mask/no mask.. in all this disagreement, we can all agree WISDOM IS NEEDED!" 

New York has seen the highest infection rates in the world, with over 300,000 confirmed cases. A state-wide lockdown order is in place until 15th May , but with infection rates finally falling, New York governor Andrew Cuomo has been outlining the criteria for a return to reopening the state, including a 14-day decline in hospitalizations and at least 30 virus tests per 1,000 residents conducted every month. 

Despite Cuomo's specifications as it relates to restarting the economy, Lentz pointed out that the advice to individual citizens on how they go about their return to daily life is far less clear. 

"We're gonna need some details about what exactly the quarantine rules are right now," he said. "@nygovcuomo@nycmayor big week ahead, praying for you.

"I've seen stuff on the news, people are raging and there's other people that are still completely judgmental, with their eyes from behind the mask. How is anybody supposed to know what the deal is?" 

"Huge shout out to the government for giving us such opaque directions right now. We're praying for our government in New York City Mayor, and beyond, if you give us some details. We appreciate this. It's not a political Insta-story."

Last month, Lentz opened up his experience of contracting the novel coronavirus, admitting that it felt "like flu times 50."

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