A pastor in California defied an urgent interim ban issued on Friday in which he was asked not to hold further indoor worship, CBS Los Angeles reported. Pastor Rob McCoy of the Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park held in-house services on Sunday in defiance of Friday’s orders and other medical orders aimed at slowing and stopping..
On Friday, Judge Matthew Guasco of the Ventura County Superior Court issued a restraining order, which ordered Godspeak to close services in the home and move congregations out, and asked congregations to wear masks. page and keep social distance.
The Ventura County moved in to get a temporary restraining order because McCoy said he would not stop hosting in-house services, as he felt worship was essential.
McCoy first reopened his church on Palm Sunday with a detachment from society, allowing members to communion with long, visible lines.
At the end of June, the church opened to in-house services, as did others across the state, but Godspeak refused to discontinue in-house services even after Governor Newsom enacted.last month.
McCoy posted an update on Saturday, saying the church would open, but warned those wanting to attend that they might be cited. According to McCoy, the ban stipulates that the first 1,000 people who come to receive services can receive citations.
Police were present at the scene when services were held inside. About 100-150 people gathered to protest and support the pastor’s decision, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. No arrests have been made outside and it is not clear whether McCoy or any congregations are being escorted at this time.
A restraining order hearing is scheduled for August 31.