Worship if you must, but no singing, California health officials told state residents this week in new guidelines about the coronavirus.
Breitbart reports many houses of worship recently reopened in California and other states after closing for weeks or months during the virus outbreak.
Beginning in March, California heavily restricted religious gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and save lives. However, the Democrat-led state also allowed abortion facilities to continue killing unborn babies in elective abortions without restriction.
Now, “a surge of cases since early June — coinciding with the eruption of the Black Lives Matter protests — has caused the state to reinstate many restrictions,” according to the report.
On July 1, the California Department of Public Health issued new guidelines outlining steps that houses of worship should take to help prevent further spread of the virus.
One of those measures prohibits singing, even when people are social distancing and wearing masks.
According to the guidelines:
Even with adherence to physical distancing, convening in a congregational setting of multiple different households to practice a personal faith carries a relatively higher risk for widespread transmission of the COVID-19 virus, and may result in increased rates of infection, hospitalization, and death, especially among more vulnerable populations. In particular, activities such as singing and chanting negate the risk- reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing.
*Places of worship must therefore discontinue singing and chanting activities and limit indoor attendance to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower.
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In April, a California county faced criticism for introducing similar restrictions on singing and playing certain instruments in online worship services.
According to that order, only four individuals were allowed to record a service together from one place, and they must be at least 6 feet apart. Additionally, the order states, “… no singing or use of wind instruments, harmonicas or other instruments that could spread COVID-19 through projected droplets shall be permitted unless the recording of the event is done at one’s residence.”
Most religious leaders across the world urged their congregations to be safe and practice common-sense health measures to protect themselves and others. Throughout the spring, many religious services were held online or in special drive-in venues where people stayed in their vehicles with the windows up while listening to the service on their radios.
Meanwhile, abortion facilities continued aborting unborn babies unhindered in most states. Some Planned Parenthood abortion facilities were open for abortions only. Others asked for donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) for their work aborting unborn babies – taking it away from hospitals that needed PPE for actual, life-saving health care.
Meanwhile, pro-life sidewalk counselors were fined and arrested for offering information and resources to pregnant moms as they went into abortion facilities during the initial outbreak. In April, David Benham and several others were arrested for praying outside an abortion clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina. Police in San Francisco also cited a pro-life sidewalk counselor who was doing peaceful outreach outside a Planned Parenthood abortion facility.
In April, three California churches filed a lawsuit against pro-abortion Gov. Gavin Newsom after he exempted abortion facilities but not churches from his stay-at-home mandate during the coronavirus crisis. Several pro-life Christians also filed lawsuits to demand their right to peacefully assemble and speak freely outside abortion facilities that continue to kill unborn babies during the pandemic.