CSAC Bulletin Article

State Drops Limitations on Worship Services and Modifies Gathering Guidance

April 15, 2021

California ended all location and capacity limits on places of worship and modified gathering guidance yesterday in response to recent judicial rulings. Capacity limits on places of worship are now “strongly recommended,” according to CDPH, and gatherings are allowed.

Prior to the April 12 guidance change, the state required places of worship to cap attendance at 25 percent of their normal maximum capacity in counties within the purple and red tiers of California’s reopening framework, and at 50 percent in the orange and yellow tiers.

The worship change comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last Friday that struck down the state’s restrictions on in-home prayer meetings. The Supreme Court also ruled in February against the state’s restrictions banning indoor church services in purple-tier counties. For more information, visit the CDPH guidance page and click on the “Places of Worship and Cultural Ceremonies” link.


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