With 3,500 California churches previously announcing they would be holding church services on Sunday, May 31, 2020, with or without the state’s approval, it appears Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has blinked.
The governor has just announced that churches would be allowed to resume services this Sunday with certain restrictions.
Two days before this announcement, South Bay Pentecostal Church had appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to overturn Gavin’s previous ban believing it was unconstitutional. This may have also played a role in Gavin’s about face.
The 3,500 churches were planning to implement a broad range of safety protocols this Pentecost Sunday, including social distancing, limiting attendance and even providing masks to parishioners.
Though, the governor is allowing churches to reopen, his guidelines restrict attendance to “25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower.”
Many are wondering how churches will respond to that order this Sunday.
Gavin is facing problems on several fronts. Thousands of Californians are returning to the beaches in defiance of his orders and individual counties are also defying the governor’s lock down restrictions.