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San Diego County health officials warn local churches about holding indoor services

Posted at 6:17 AM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 09:17:56-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego County health officials have warned at least three local churches about having services indoors.

The county sent out three letters to Skyline Church in La Mesa; Lighthouse Baptist Church in Lemon Grove; and Awaken Church's campus on Balboa Avenue in Kearny Mesa.

The letters to Skyline and Lighthouse were very similar, saying indoor services create "significant risk of spreading COVID-19," encouraging the churches to move their in-person services outside.

The third document is a cease-and-desist letter sent to Awaken Church ordering the church to stop indoor operations.

All three letters are dated July 17 and are signed by County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten. The letters state that failure to comply with these orders can mean criminal misdemeanor citations with a fine of $1,000 for each violation.

On July 13, the state announced restrictions on indoor operations at places of worship amid an increase in coronavirus cases around California.

10News reached out to all three churches Tuesday afternoon, but have not heard back from any of the three.