California sees large outdoor worship events despite virus

California issues strict guidelines for churches to resume in-person services
Posted at 2:23 PM, Jul 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-26 17:26:25-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even as coronavirus cases rise across California, hundreds of people gathered at the beach in Orange County for a religious event.

The Los Angeles Times reports Sunday that several hundred people met in Huntington Beach on Friday for a weekly worship event that has been held since early July.

Organizers provided hand sanitizers and masks, but many participants didn’t wear them. Police cited an organizer over allegedly promoting the event without a permit.

California has been struggling with a rise in virus cases, and Gov. Gavin Newsom recently barred churches in much of the state from holding services indoors.