Just days after President Donald Trump told governors to open up churches, California released guidelines for doing just that, allowing in-person church services to begin despite the state still being under stay-at-home orders.
The guidelines request that churches sanitize pews, microphones and high-traffic areas frequently, as well as limit capacity and shorten services.
Collection and communion plates should not be passed, the guidelines say, and there should be six feet between all family groups.
A group of 3,000 churches told Governor Gavin Newsom that they would reopen for in-person worship services at the end of May whether they had his permission or not.
Trump declared churches “essential” in a press briefing last week and said that they needed to be allowed to reopen “immediately,” “this weekend.”
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