When California Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced his reopening plan for the state it was broken into four phases. The state is moving to phase two on Friday of this week. That means that a number of “low-risk businesses” will be able to reopen provided they put a variety of precautions into place. Not included on the list of low-risk businesses were the churches. They’re slated for phase three which could still be weeks or even months away. That has led one Pastor in Riverside to send an urgent request to the governor to reconsider his classification scheme. Will the governor be moved to show some compassion in this case? (CBS Los Angeles)
According to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to reopen the state, opening places of worship falls under Phase 3 of California’s reopening plan, which could still be months away.
Sandals Church in Riverside, led by Pastor Dan Zimbardi, is calling on the governor to reconsider.
“We’re asking you to take a look at our plan,” he said.
The church believes they can safely open their doors to parishioners much sooner by mandating masks, taking temperatures and seating everyone six feet apart.
The Pastor is being considerably more polite than seems to be called for, which is understandable I suppose. But how the churches didn’t make it on the phase two list is just crazy. They’re allowing clothing stores, sporting goods, florists and bookstores to reopen, among others. Who made the decision that houses of worship were somehow less essential and more “risky” than a sporting goods store?