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Posted by: thepinetree on 05/25/2020 04:22 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 05/25/2020 04:22 PM
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Counties Statewide Can Reopen Places of Worship for Religious Services and Retail Stores

Sacramento, CA...The California Department of Public Health today announced the statewide reopening of places of worship for religious services and in-store retail shopping. Modifications are required to keep Californians safe and limit the spread of COVID-19. Subject to approval by county public health departments, all retail stores can reopen for in-store shopping under previously issued guidelines. Under new guidance, places of worship can hold religious services and funerals that limit attendance to 25% of a building's capacity – or up to 100 attendees, whichever is lower – upon approval by the county department of public health.

While the vast majority of large gatherings remain prohibited under the state's stay-at-home order, the Department of Public Health has released guidelines for in-person protests and events designed for political expression. The guidance limits attendance to 25% of an area's maximum occupancy – or up to 100 attendees.

"Together, our actions have helped bend the curve and reduce infections in our state. As sectors continue to open with changes that aim to lower risk, remember that COVID-19 is still present in our communities," said Dr. Sonia Angell, State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health. "As more of us may be leaving our homes, keeping physical distance, wearing face coverings in public, and washing your hands frequently are more important than ever to help protect yourself and those around you."

The new (PDF) guidance for religious services and cultural ceremonies encourages organizations to continue online services and activities, including to protect individuals who are most at risk for more severe COVID-19, including older adults and people with specific medical conditions.


To reopen for religious services and funerals, places of worship must:
  • Establish and implement a COVID-19 prevention plan for every location, train staff on the plan, and regularly evaluate workplaces for compliance.
  • Train employees and volunteers on COVID-19, including how to prevent it from spreading and which underlying health conditions may make individuals more susceptible to contracting the virus.
  • Implement cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
  • Set physical distancing guidelines.
  • Recommend that staff and guests wear cloth face coverings, and screen staff for temperature and symptoms at the beginning of their shifts.
  • Set parameters around or consider eliminating singing and group recitations. These activities dramatically increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission. For this reason, congregants engaging in singing, particularly in the choir, and group recitation should wear face coverings at all times and when possible, these activities should be conducted outside with greater than 6-foot distancing.

The existing (PDF) guidance for retailers, previously allowed for counties approved to advance in the reopening process, now applies statewide. Retail can now open for in-store shopping statewide. The guidelines help reduce the risk for workers and customers. Retail does not include personal services such as hair salons, nail salons and barbershops.

In 21 days, the Department of Public Health, in consultation with local departments of public health, will review and assess the impact of the religious services guidelines and provide further direction as part of a phased-in restoration of activities. This 21-day interval accounts for seven days for religious communities to prepare and reopen in addition to a 14-day incubation period of COVID-19.

More information about the state's COVID-19 guidance is on the California Department of Public Health's Guidance web page.

More information about reopening California and what individuals can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) in California.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-05-25 16:28:30   By: Anonymous

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    Posted on: 2020-05-25 18:04:17   By: Anonymous
    I told you wineries were open this holiday weekend and you thought it was FAKE NEWS!!!!!!!!! I was there

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      Posted on: 2020-05-25 20:50:42   By: Anonymous
      Who cares, wish they were always open serving heavy metal polluted wine along with the virus.

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        Posted on: 2020-05-26 08:55:04   By: Anonymous

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Posted on: 2020-05-26 06:46:08   By: Anonymous
Legendary rocker Sammy Hagar is done complying with coronavirus lockdown measures, according to a recent interview with the former Van Halen singer.

Talking with St. Louis, Missouri’s KSHE-95, a classic rock radio station, the 72-year-old Hagar said despite being someone in the age group most susceptible to coronavirus, he’s “not afraid” of contracting the illness.

“I don’t say the word ‘hate’ very much, but I hate this frigging coronavirus crap,” The Red Rocker vented. “I’m not afraid of it, and I’m not locking down anymore. I’ll go around to anyone. If you don’t wanna be around me, fine. Keep your distance — I’m all cool with that. It’s not like I’m against that. But I’m sorry — I have no fear at my age about it.”

He did admit to being nervous when the outbreak first happened, but over time, he realized what an incredible life he’s lived.

“I was still worried about this possibly killing me,” Mr. Hagar confessed. “And you know what I thought of? I thought, you know what? I’ve had the best life of any human being on this planet. If the damn thing wants to come and get me and kill me, let it be. Life isn’t gonna be any better from this day on for the rest of my life than it has been. And I swear to you — I came to grips with it.”

Additionally, Sammy thought of all of the people he knows around the world and realized only three of them contracted the virus and that all of them made full recoveries.

“Only three people out of the thousands of people that I know have got it. One guy is a very unhealthy 67-year-old guy who got it,” he said. “He lasted 10 days and he’s over it, and his son — nine years old; healthy as a tick — lasted four days and they were diagnosed… they had it. They went to the hospital, said, ‘Hey, I’m feeling terrible. I’ve got this terrible fever. My chest is tired. I’m coughing.’ They just gave him some antibiotics — bang, bang, bang. And another guy in his 30s had got it, and he was fine. He said it was a horrible flu. It was miserable. ‘Trust me, you don’t wanna get it, Sammy.’ But he goes, ‘Five, six days later, I started feeling pretty good.’ [He’s] totally over it. So I’m saying I don’t know anybody that died. I read about people that died. But I’m not afraid of it anymore. That’s all I’m saying. Everybody, be their own self. I’m not trying to sway anyone any direction. But Sammy Hagar, I’m not afraid of it. There you go.”

“Mr. Cabo Wabo” also spoke with Rolling Stone magazine last week about how the government lockdowns in response to coronavirus have wreaked havoc on the economy.

“This shutdown of the economy is going to make that escalate 10 times and then we’re all going to be sick and you can’t walk down the street. I would rather see everyone go back to work,” he stated. “If some of us have to sacrifice on that, OK. I will die for my children and my grandchildren to have a life anywhere close to the life that I had in this wonderful country and freedom. That’s just the way that I feel about it.”

Continuing, Hagar went as far as to say, “I’d rather personally get sick and even personally die, if that’s what it takes. We have to save the world and this country from this economic thing that’s going to kill more people in the long run.”

Hagar’s sentiments are just a small glimpse of how more and more Americans are becoming fed up with “stay-at-home” orders and other draconian COVID-19 measures.

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    Posted on: 2020-05-26 08:46:10   By: Anonymous
    Please don't take medical advice from the red rocker.

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Posted on: 2020-05-26 06:49:11   By: Anonymous
Psychiatrists wrote 86% more prescriptions for psychotropic drugs, including antidepressants, during the lockdown months of March and April compared to January and February, it has been revealed.

“Prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications and sleep aids have risen during the pandemic, prompting doctors to warn about the possibility of long-term addiction abuse of the drugs,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

According to Ginger, an organization that provides mental health services to companies, compared to January and February of this year, prescriptions for psychotropics, most of which were antidepressants, were up 86% for the months of March and April.

The stress of unemployment, social isolation and health concerns are all cited by Americans who say the lockdown is having a serious impact on their mental health.

Pharmacy group Express Scripts also revealed that prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications were up 34.1% between mid-February and mid-March, while prescriptions for antidepressants increased 18.6%.

The numbers emphasize the significant mental health toll created by the lockdown which will reverberate for many years to come.

Doctors at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California say they have recorded more deaths from suicide than coronavirus, with a year’s worth of suicides and suicide attempts being recorded in a 4 week period.

“Community health is suffering,” warned Dr. Mike deBoisblanc, as he called for the lockdown order to be fully lifted.

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Posted on: 2020-05-26 09:08:48   By: Anonymous
There is a false argument on here between "stay closed forever" and "go back to normal". Both of these are dumb.

This is stressful and exhausting for everyone. We all want it to be over. But the way forward is complex, and slow. And it takes masks, among other measures. Until we get herd immunity, through a vaccine or naturally, we will be in a holding pattern of slowing the spread so that too many people don't die at once.
Hopefully, that goes with a robust testing, tracking, and isolation program, to further limit the spread.

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    Posted on: 2020-05-26 09:46:28   By: Anonymous
    We won't get herd immunity by isolating, masking, disinfecting, or any other silly thing we do, except by getting back to living our lives the way we did before this "pandemic".

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      Posted on: 2020-05-26 10:44:09   By: Anonymous
      Yes, but if we move too fast, then the hospitals will get overwhelmed.

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      Posted on: 2020-05-26 10:45:02   By: Anonymous
      How many Americans need to die before you take the quotes off of pandemic?

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        Posted on: 2020-05-26 15:18:20   By: Anonymous
        Praise the lord and pass the covid 19!!!

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          Re: enigma
          Posted on: 2020-05-27 07:41:53   By: Anonymous
          SR the enigma Smith. Sending all of these wonderful tidbits of anti shelter in place, yet admittedly staying home and going out with a mask on.

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            Re: /\/\enigma...
            Posted on: 2020-06-12 20:28:50   By: Anonymous
            And if you read every word that I said then you will know that yes I wear a mask to get NECESSITIES and mail etc. There is just me and I can do this all on my own. I don't need anyone to hold my hand like some guys here who need to be with their mommies! Then as soon as I'm done I go straight home and SIP! I know how to heed to suggestions! Do you?

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