By John Peiffer on 2/12/2021 10:50 AM

Last Friday, February 5, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the State of California not to enforce its ban on indoor worship services for houses of worship in California counties in the so-called “purple tier”, instead mandating that indoor worship be permitted at 25% occupancy.  While this vindication of First Amendment rights is certainly welcome by persons of faith in California, it also comes with a responsibility to take precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Click here to read my overview of last week’s case, South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom, and some practical steps that churches and other houses of worship can implement to reduce the COVID-19 risk for worshippers.