Ventura County asked for the temporary restraining order because McCoy said he would not stop hosting services inside because he felt worship was essential.
McCoy reopened his church for the first time on Palm Sunday with social distancing, allowing members to take Communion with long lines visible.At the end of June, the church opened for indoor services, as have others across the state, but Godspeak refused to stop indoor services. even after Governor Newsom issued a last month.
McCoy released an update on Saturday indicating the church would be open, but warned those who wanted to attend that they could be cited. According to McCoy, the restraining order says the first 1,000 people to arrive for services could receive citations.
Police were at the scene as services took place inside. About 100 to 150 people gathered to protest and support the pastor’s decision, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. No arrests were made outside and it is not known if McCoy or worshipers were named at this time.
A hearing regarding the restraining order is scheduled for August 31.