California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has announced new guidelines to allow churches to reopen with restrictions after President Donald Trump declared them essential last week and urged governors to allow their reopening.
Newsom’s guidelines say that churches need approval from county health officials, but can then reopen at 25% capacity or 100 people at a time, whichever is less.
Churches must also implement physical distancing guidelines and cleaning protocols as well as encourage face masks.
The guidelines will be re-evaluated after three weeks to see if there are any outbreaks. Churches were encouraged to continue online streaming of services so that those who aren’t ready to worship in person can still participate.
Newsom is also allowing retail stores to reopen for in-person shopping if county health officials approve, even though the state is technically under a stay-at-home order.
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