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Ventura County Church Defies Coronavirus Related Court Order; Holds Banned Indoor Services

A South Coast church defied a court order, and held indoor services despite coronavirus safety concerns.

A Newbury Park church has been batting Ventura County’s ban against indoor gatherings, including church services. On Friday, the county got a temporary restraining order banning Godspeak Calvary Chapel from holding indoor services.   But Sunday, the church defied the safety order, holding three indoor services.  People weren’t social distancing, and most weren’t wearing masks.

Godspeak Pastor Rob McCoy contends the coronavirus safety concerns are overblown.

Other places of worship in the county have been holding outdoor services.

Even though the church, and congregants could have been cited, the county didn’t try to stop the services.  There were some heated demonstrations by people on both sides of the issue outside of the church, but no arrests were made. 

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.