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Hundreds gather in Huntington Beach for worship event, organizer cited

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Posted at 2:11 AM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 05:11:08-04

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 sanitizer 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.