On July 1st, California released the new guidelines highlighting the alleged risk of attending houses of worship: “convening in a congregational setting of multiple different households to practice a personal faith carries a relatively higher risk for widespread transmission of the COVID-19 virus, and may result in increased rates of infection, hospitalization, and death.”
A new stipulation from the guidelines singles out “singing and chanting” as risking the spread of coronavirus:
Places of worship must therefore discontinue singing and chanting activities.
The guidance also forces houses of worship to “limit indoor attendance to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees” while “outdoor attendance should be limited naturally through the implementation of strict physical distancing measures.”
“We recognize that singing is a challenge,” said Jason Batt, chief operating officer of the Capital Christian Center.
The media has been pushing the anti-church and especially the anti-singing narrative for some time, now. From the NY Times article:
Imagine the scene: You’re at church, belting out a hymn, and the sound is so joyful that you turn, smiling, to look around. You notice a spray of spit coming from the mouth of the person next to you: One particularly large droplet arcs toward the person in front, then lands, right on their neck.
Singing in church has been a long-standing point of contention during the pandemic, with the Centers for Disease Control removing guidance on its website in May.
The Atlantic has also written on the subject, as has the Los Angeles Timesnewspaper.