How can we honestly profess to live in a free country anymore?
This is beyond insane.
California, amid a fresh wave of coronavirus cases, has issued new guidelines to “stop the spread” which actually ban singing in church services, Breitbart reports.
Yes, even with masks on.
The new guidelines state (emphasis ours):
Even with adherence to physical distancing, convening in a congregational setting of multiple different households to practice a personal faith carries a relatively higher risk for widespread transmission of the COVID-19 virus, and may result in increased rates of infection, hospitalization, and death, especially among more vulnerable populations. In particular, activities such as singing and chanting negate the risk- reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing.
*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 COVID- 19 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.
We’ve kept an eye on California’s treatment of places of worship throughout the coronavirus pandemic, including when they were issued a warning from the Department of Justice that they were discriminating against the faithful and a surprising decision from the U.S. Supreme Court that their restrictions on religious services under lockdown were constitutional.
The state had begun to re-open places of worship just a few weeks ago. Now, however, it appears that as coronavirus cases have begun to surge again—an increase which just so happens to coincide with widespread Black Lives Matter protests in the state, but who’s counting—the state has re-imposed many restrictions.
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