"Worship Meeting" by Josué Goge / CC BY 2.0

California Church Fined $10,000 for Breaking the Law With Its In-Person Services

Aug 27, 2020

By Hemant Mehta

North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara, California has been fined $10,000 for putting people in danger by holding in-person services.

On Sunday, city officials posted a multi-page notice on the door of the church letting them know that they had violated several local COVID guidelines and owed $10,000 for holding a morning and evening service, despite having received a warning earlier. Specifically, the letter called out the church for holding the in-person meeting, not requiring face masks, and allowing people to sing (which spreads the virus).

Pastor Jack Trieber posted a video days later basically treating the whole thing as a form of Christian Persecution, acting as if he had closed his church for long enough and downplaying the risk of COVID.

“This activity is unlawful,” the notice stated. “The county understands that singing is an intimate and meaningful component of religious worship. However, public health experts have also determined that singing together in close proximity and without face coverings transmits virus particles further in the air than breathing or speaking quietly.”

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