A group of Southern California pastors sued Gov. Gavin Newsom as well as Riverside and San Bernardino county officials, claiming social distancing orders violate the First Amendment that protects their right to assemble. The suit seeks to block the state and county orders that don’t include churches among the essential infrastructure where people are allowed to meet in person.
Bethel Open Bible Church locked its doors amid the coronavirus pandemic, barring a smaller church planning on hosting a Palm Sunday service in the Bethel Open Bible Church sanctuary from gathering. The smaller church, Cross Culture Christian Center, is now taking legal action.