Clearwater chief inspects Scientology for coronavirus compliance - 2020-04-01
Religious organizations across Tampa Bay began cancelling services and prohibiting congregations in early March, even before Pinellas County issued its stay-at-home order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The Church of Scientology, however, implemented an intense decontamination and cleaning protocol at its international headquarters downtown while continuing to sell spiritual counseling and courses to parishioners.
Video showing members of the Sea Org, Scientology's militia-like work force, packing a bus on March 21 went viral, and on Monday a reporter observed a bus parked outside of Flag with staff sitting shoulder to shoulder. Newly elected City Council member Mark Bunker, a longtime Scientology critic, asked the city to perform a welfare check.