Some California churches to reopen May 31, with or without state approval

Some California churches to reopen May 31, with or without state approval

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The Mercury News | May 14, 2020


OAKLAND — Bishop Bob Jackson of Acts Full Gospel Church is vowing to open his 4,000-seat sanctuary to worshipers on May 31, with or without the state government’s blessing.

Bishop Jackson and pastors from up and down California on Thursday questioned why religious gatherings were excluded from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s early plans to ease COVID-19 restrictions. Relaxing rules against large gatherings, such as church services, is not in the first two phases of reopening California.

Those pastors, some who oversee megachurches, said they will abide by all social distancing and infection control rules.

“We will do everything the restaurants and every other place is doing. I don’t see why we are being looked over and judged to be nonessential in a time like this. It’s foolish,” Bishop Jackson said outside his East Oakland church.

Churches and places of worship haven’t been able hold in-person services since coronavirus shelter-in-place orders were issued two months ago and may not be able to do so for weeks, without violating health ordinances.

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