Defying California health orders, some San Diego County churches held in-person religious services on Sunday, May 17, said a CBS8 report.
Fred Zariczny, the pastor of Rushing Wind, said their ministry held a religious service on Sunday morning on Avenida De La Plata in Oceanside.
The worship was organized in an outdoor parking lot.
He added that this is their way to “peacefully challenge our governor’s draconian and tyrannical edict.”
“Churches are essential because if 7-Eleven’s are open and liquor stores are open, tattoo studios are opening, [then] people need to hear hope. They need to comfort,” he said.
“People are depressed. They’re getting laid off from their jobs or fired,” he added.
Zariczny said ahead of the service, “CDC guidelines will be followed. Bring a mask…Churches are essential American ministries.”
However, many people at the service failed to wear any kind of face covering and not social distancing.
“We will try to keep everyone socially distanced once they go into our building. Whatever they do out here, that’s between them and God and you know, whatever. Some people feel more comfortable with a mask. Some people don’t. So, it is what it is,” said Zariczny.
A federal judge earlier in May said Governor Gavin Newsom had the right to ban church assemblies to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.