California churches reopen for indoor service following Supreme Court ruling

Court ruling allows indoor service at 25% capacity
Posted at 9:55 AM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 14:42:46-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KERO) — Parishioners in Northern California are heading back inside for mass. The doors are now open after the Supreme Court lifted the state's ban on indoor church services.

The ruling does allow California to limit capacity to 25 percent and still restrict singing and chanting as well while in the Purple Tier of reopening.

During the stay-at-home order indoor services could only happen once a county was in the Red Tier. Some churches in Sacramento said they're ready to open their doors but are still live streaming service for those not comfortable leaving their home.

"We need to keep that health and safety of others in mind. Not just for ourselves but that we keep in mind that we are doing it for those that are friends, our neighbors, and our family," said Father Brian Atienza of Saint Robert's Catholic Church.

Church leaders say although they're happy to be open for service. They want to make sure they're protecting their public during the pandemic.