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California to allow churches to resume in-person services with restrictions

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Posted at 2:43 PM, May 25, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California says churches can resume in-person services but the congregations will be limited to less than 100 and worshippers should wear masks, avoid sharing prayer books and skip the collection plate.

The state Department of Public Health released a framework Monday for county health officials to permit houses of worship to reopen.

Most have been limited to online and remote services since March, when Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home order took effect to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Newsom has been relaxing those restrictions for restaurants and other businesses.

Several thousand churches had vowed to defy Newsom's order on May 31, which is Pentacost Sunday, a major holiday for many Christians.