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California tells churches to ban singing, limit attendance in wake of Covid-19

by Paul Goldberg

According to the California Department of Public Health guidance document, places of worship should not allow “singing and chanting” amid Covid-19.

In addition, indoor attendance must be limited to 100 or 25% of capacity, whichever is lower.

From the document:

*Places of worship must therefore discontinue singing and chanting activities and limit
indoor attendance to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees,
whichever is lower.

Local Health Officers are advised to consider appropriate
limitations on outdoor attendance capacities, factoring their jurisdiction’s key COVID19 health indicators.

At a minimum, outdoor attendance should be limited naturally through implementation of strict physical distancing measures of a minimum of six feet between attendees from different households, in addition to other relevant protocols within this document.

The guidance document explains their “purpose”

This document provides guidance for places of worship and providers of religious
services and cultural ceremonies (referred to collectively as “places of worship”)
to support a safe, clean environment for workers, interns and trainees, volunteers,
scholars, and all other types of workers as well as congregants, worshippers,
visitors, etc. (referred to collectively as “visitors” or “congregants”). This guidance
does not obligate places of worship to resume in-person activity. Further, it is
strongly recommended that places of worship continue to facilitate remote
services and other related activities for those who are vulnerable to COVID-19
including older adults and those with co-morbidities.

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