California Lays Out Pandemic Rules For Church Reopenings

LOS ANGELES (AP) – California’s churches, mosques and synagogue may get the nod to reopen their doors sooner than expected under new state guidelines. On Monday, the public health department released a framework for counties deciding whether to allow churches to restart in-person services. The guidelines suggest masks should be worn, temperatures taken, and services shortened. Sharing prayer books or prayer rugs or using the collection plate are discouraged in the name of social distancing. Churches are the latest focus of efforts to restart California life since it was shuttered by a March stay-at-home order designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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