Bay Area Rain Dampens Parishioners but Not Spirits at Outdoor Christmas ServicesSome outdoor Christmas Day masses were canceled because of the rain but those that held services said it's a reflection of one thing the coronavirus pandemic has taught them: flexibility.
U.S. Supreme Court Blocks NY's COVID Limits On Places Of WorshipWith coronavirus cases surging again nationwide, the Supreme Court barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus.
Reopening: San Francisco Becomes First Major California Urban Center To Move Into COVID-19 Reopening Yellow TierCity officials announced Tuesday that San Francisco has been elevated to the yellow tier of the state's COVID-19 reopening scale, the first major California urban center to enter the minimal level of restrictions.
Alameda, San Mateo Co. Move To Red Tier But Not All Gyms, Movie Theatres, Churches Can ReopenAlameda and San Mateo counties, on Tuesday, learned they were upgraded into the state's less restrictive, red tier, but only one of those counties decided to loosen its grip on businesses.
Reopenings: San Mateo County Shuts Down Indoor Sunday Church Services as COVID-19 Cases SurgeIndoor Sunday religious services were banned at all San Mateo County churches Sunday as the county reinstituted COVID-19 business closures that also included shopping malls, indoor fitness centers and indoor beauty salons.
Reopenings: San Francisco Bay Area Churches Deal With Changing COVID-19 RequirementsAfter weeks of gathering to worship, Contra Costa County churchgoers enjoyed their final day of services inside local churches Sunday as restrictions were being reimposed during a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Church Singing Ban Strikes Sour Note With NorCal PastorPastor Jim Clark wants to keep his 1,500 parishioners safe during the coronavirus pandemic but he's drawing the line at a new California ban on singing or chanting at religious services.
California Tells Houses Of Worship To Discontinue Singing Amid Worsening COVID-19 PandemicWhile you can still attend in-person church services in California, you can't sing.
Yes In God's Back Yard: State Senate Approves Allowing Affordable Housing On Church LotsA bill that would spur the development of affordable housing on church parking lots and property owned by houses of worship has passed the State Senate.
Reopening: U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Newsom Limits On Church ServicesA divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Oakland Bishop: Return To Normal Worship Will Take 'Quite Some Time'The leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland has told pastors and parishioners that reopening churches for worship will be approached in a deliberative manner and that it "will be quite some time" before returning to familiar ways of worship.