California Church Holds Indoor Services Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Defying Restraining Order


A California pastor defied an emergency temporary restraining order issued Friday in which he was told to refrain from holding additional worship indoors, CBS Los Angeles reports. Pastor Rob McCoy of Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park held interior services on Sunday in defiance of the Friday Order and other health orders which aim to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19.Ventura County Superior Court Judge Matthew Guasco granted the restraining order on Friday, which requires Godspeak to shut down its interior services and move its congregation outdoors and requires worshipers to wear masks and to move away socially.

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.


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