California Shutting Down “Non-Critical Businesses” Including Churches

Californians will no longer be able to work out, worship or get a haircut in many of the state’s counties.

Governor Gavin Newsom ordered gyms, churches, and many other businesses to shut down effective immediately.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the governor does have the authority to shut down churches and curtail religious liberty. Whether or not Christians comply with the governor’s order remains to be seen.

“We want to follow the word of God,” said Rev. Phillip Jones, pastor of Crosspoint Baptist Church in Pasadena.

He urged Christians to prayerfully consider their plans and not to lash out at government leaders.

“Our plan is to continue to meet, but I want you to know I am seeking counsel from pastors, from attorneys, asking for input and advice,” he said.

There are reports that some churches are going to hold outdoor services — which could be permissible seeing how the order impacts “indoor operations.”

All counties must close indoor operations in these sectors:

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters
  • Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Card rooms

Additionally, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations both indoor and outdoor statewide, unless they are offering sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal.

Counties that have remained on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days will be required to shut down the following industries or activities unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up.

  • Fitness centers
  • Worship services
  • Protests
  • Offices for non-essential sectors
  • Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Malls

Los Angeles County went a step further and ordered non-critical offices to shut down.

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