Scientology and the coronavirus: Keeping the orgs open as 'essential services' - 2020-03-21
On Monday, we told you that Scientology's holiest event on the calendar, L. Ron Hubbard's birthday gala in Florida, was canceled over coronavirus fears.
Then on Wednesday, we reported that Scientologists were being called in to be given a new "briefing" which was actually platitudes from a lecture on atomic radiation given by founder L. Ron Hubbard in 1957.
And throughout this week we've been seeing mailers and Facebook postings showing that Scientologists are still being called down to the org to take part in group classes and other activities.
Now, we've received evidence that as the concerns of individual Scientologists grow over calls by government officials to "shelter in place" and avoid other people, the church is telling members that the orgs will continue to stay open because they count as "essential services," like medical facilities or first responders.