In order to curb the rapid disheartening spread of COVID-19, the California government has banned singing, chanting during church services.
According to the state’s Department of Public Health; “Practices and performances present an increased likelihood for transmission of COVID-19 through contaminated exhaled droplets and should occur through alternative methods like internet streaming.”
The health department had previously only asked places of worship to “strongly consider” halting singing, but an updated guidance document issued Wednesday says they must discontinue all singing and chanting activities, in addition to limiting capacity to 25% or a maximum of 100 guests.
California has had more than 24,000 coronavirus cases. On Tuesday, it announced 6,367 cases, the second-highest total for the state since the pandemic began. This has prompted Gov. Gavin Newsom to tighten restrictions.
COVID-19 patients make up for about 30% of all hospitalizations, according to state data.
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