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California sees large outdoor worship events despite virus

Posted at 12:45 PM, Jul 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-26 17:41:13-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even as coronavirus cases have risen 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 Friday for a weekly worship event. 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.