CHICAGO (CBS) — Many are worried about spreading the coronavirus over Easter.

On Thursday, leaders at one West Side church pleaded with the community to avoid big family celebrations.

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“I think we need to maintain our distance. The time’s just not right to for us to take chances,” said the Rev. Robin Hood of Greater Rock Missionary Baptist Church.

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Leaders at the church also showed off thermal scanners that will be used to keep Easter Sunday crowds safe.

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Activists there are also launching a campaign, urging neighbors to get vaccinated.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff