California churches can reopen at 25 per cent capacity

Churches in California can begin holding services again at a limited capacity, the state announced.

May 31, 2020

CALIFORNIA: Churches in California can begin holding services again at a limited capacity, the state announced.

The California health department ruled that, subject to the approval of local authorities, churches in the state can begin reopening along with in-store retail shopping. The state had originally placed churches in a later reopening stage than some businesses which have already begun reopening.

Under the new 21-day policy, houses of worship can hold religious services at up to 25 per cent capacity with a maximum of 100 attendees.

Churches have to implement virus prevention plans, recommend face coverings, set social distancing guidance, and “consider eliminating singing and group recitations.” Any singing or recitations “should be conducted outside,” the department said. --CNA

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