New Restrictions Ban Churches From Singing During Livestream Services Unless They’re In Homes

A county in Northern California issued new shelter-in-place orders on Good Friday that banned singing during livestream church services unless the services take place in residences.

Mendocino County released a 13-page document last Friday that included “Minimum Basic Operations” for “venues, such as concert halls, auditoriums, churches, temples, and playhouses, to enable a recorded and/or live-streamed event to be shared virtually with the public” — and then come the “limitations.” It begins by stating that “only four individuals may be present for the live event. All others must participate remotely.”

It continues:

“Social Distancing Requirements must be maintained, include maintaining at least six feet of physical distancing from other individuals (physical distancing not required for members of the same household), frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer that is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as effective in combatting COVID-19, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, not shaking hands, and, for those who are not on camera, to wear facial coverings as much as possible.”

The government goes on to get into specifics on what is not allowed at these livestream events, and that’s when singing comes in.

“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, and involving only the members of one’s household or living unit, because of the increased risk of transmission of COVID-19,” the document states.

The county then states that this order is in effect until May 10 and any “violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.”

This just goes to show that these government restrictions have gone way too far. Yes, we all need to be taking steps to social distance and slow the curve of coronavirus, but we also need to be mindful of the freedoms the government is taking from us. Democrat officials are using this pandemic to strip Americans of as many freedoms as they can, with Christians being especially large targets for them.

Millions of people have fought and died for the freedoms that are being taken from us right now. We can’t let Democrats get away with this.

This piece was written by PoliZette Staff on April 16, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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