Calvary Chapel San Jose faces restraining order over non-compliance with Santa Clara County Health Orders

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In a listening to final Monday, November 2, the Superior Court granted Santa Clara County a short lived restraining order towards the Calvary Chapel to forestall the Church from holding massive gatherings past the mandated capability and to implement stricter social distancing and carrying of masks. 

The Santa Clara County Counsel with the County’s District Attorney’s Office filed a joint motion towards Calvary Chapel San Jose final October 30 as reported by The San Francisco Gate for an alleged non-compliance of the County’s well being orders amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the officers, the Calvary Chapel San Jose, an evangelical Christian church situated at 1175 Hillsdale Avenue, had been holding massive indoor spiritual gatherings with an attendance of just about 600 people since May. According to well being orders, gatherings are capped at solely 100 people and will observe well being security measures like correct social distancing and carrying of masks which the Church additionally did not implement upon its gatherings. 

According to the latest information lifted from the World Health Organization which tracks the COVID-19 statistics globally, the US sits on the high of the checklist with 9,032,465 confirmed instances and an rising demise toll of 228,998. The numbers nonetheless come at an alarming fee with tens and 1000’s of instances confirmed on a regular basis and lots of of useless our bodies stacking up which is why state governments and county authorities are nonetheless locked down in implementing strict well being orders. 

In a press release by the county officers, it stated, “County officers spent months making an attempt to work with church officers to get them to come back into compliance voluntarily and issued fines after they refused. After church officers made clear that they had no intention of ending their harmful conduct, the County Counsel and District Attorney filed the request for a court docket order.”      

Mike, McClure, Pastor of the Church, remained defiant amidst all allegations and the Church’s $350,000 price of unpaid fines. The Church’s attorneys filed a movement to disclaim court docket order which learn, “No materials change has all of a sudden precipitated the necessity for emergency aid to guard towards alleged imminent irreparable hurt. In truth, the proof says in any other case. The virus, by all scientific measures, isn’t any worse than the season flu, and Santa Clara County stays in one of many lowest tiers. Plaintiffs have additionally outwardly supported tremendous spreader occasions like protests within the streets. Yet now, the defendants have the gall to say by some means the defendants’ indoor companies will current a grave menace to the neighborhood. This is pure worry mongering and inconsistent with the info and plaintiffs personal actions.”

Their movement to disclaim court docket order was not granted. Instead they had been ordered by the court docket to stick to the well being orders specified by Santa Clara County. The attorneys of the Cavalry Church expressed their disappointment on the court docket ruling. Attorney Mariah Gondeiro stated, “The church fits 1900 people. The county makes it seem like these church services are crowded. They’re not crowded. They can fit 1900 people, 600 people attend – there’s plenty of room for 600 people to attend and stay an adequate distance apart.”

On the opposite hand, Santa Clara County Counsel James R. Williams expressed his satisfaction. In a press launch, he stated, “We are satisfied by the Court’s recognition that these violations of County and State Health Officer orders pose a threat to the broader community and issued an injunction to require the implementation of public health safeguards. The County fully supports the right to worship, and the health orders create a pathway for religious institutions to do so in a safer manner that helps protect the community’s wellbeing during a pandemic.”

There will likely be one other listening to scheduled for December 1 to find out whether or not the restrictions within the short-term restraining order will likely be maintained or lifted. 

Thomas Lake

Resident tech nerd for the SF Times.