I remember when I was a kid that the fun part of church for me was the singing.
When you are little you have to make such a big production out of being quiet that it was so neat that it was the one part of the service where you were basically allowed to make as much noise as you could.
I went to church in the south and to put it mildly, we made a heck of a lot of noise…
My, how times have changed.
California has temporarily banned singing and chanting in places of worship as the state battles the second wave of COVID-19 cases.
Places of worship are also required to limit their indoor attendance to 25 percent capacity or 100 attendees, whichever is lower.
“In particular, activities such as singing and chanting negate the risk-reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing,” the guidelines read.
In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study on a Washington state choir practice where COVID-19 was rapidly spread.
“The act of singing, itself, might have contributed to transmission through emission of aerosols, which is affected by loudness of vocalization,” the study read.
As of Thursday, there have been 240,195 cases of COVID-19 in California, according to data from the California Department of Public Health.
There are also 5,355 people hospitalized with COVID-19 and 1,676 in intensive care units.
The new guidelines were released the same day California Gov. Gavin Newsom reversed the reopening of 19 counties, including Sacramento, The Sacramento Bee reported.