The guidelines on how to reopen houses of worship could be released Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom said during his briefing on Friday.
He said state officials are working with the religious community “to put in place guidelines, processes, and procedures” to protect the health and safety of people who attend worship services.
“We are a few days away, by Monday we will publish those guidelines,” Newsom said. “I want people to know that. It is very important for people to understand that we deeply respect and admire faith, devotion, and the cause that unites millions and millions of Californians. ”
He did not say when he expects churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship to be able to reopen. Those activities are in stage 3 of the state’s reopening plan. The state is in Stage 2.
Newsom also took a moment to address the surge in cases in Imperial County, noting that hospitals there had deployed 70 percent of their available fans last week. The number has dropped to 52 percent, he said, but efforts are underway to get state aid for the region, including a 125-bed field medical hospital.
San Diego has been helping its neighboring county, and earlier this week led an air ambulance brigade to transport COVID-19 patients to San Diego hospitals to ease pressure on the hospitals there.