Information provided by San Benito County Public Health Services.
In an April 9 release, San Benito County Public Health Services reminded the public that the shelter-in-place order prohibits gatherings and directs individuals to stay home except for essential activities until May 3 in an effort to protect individuals from the possible transmission of COVID-19.
Public Health Officer Dr. Marty Fenstersheib acknowledged the difficulty sheltering in place might cause as it impacts religious events underway throughout the month.
“We genuinely empathize with those who are unable to practice their religious traditions and celebrations during this challenging time,” he said. “However, to protect the health of our community members, the health order does not allow for gatherings outside of one’s immediate household. These measures, while disruptive, aim to curb the growing number of cases resulting from community spread, and to limit opportunities for people to spread COVID-19 to others unknowingly.”
The order impacts observances where gatherings usually take place, including Holy Week and Easter, Passover, Orthodox Easter, Ramadan and other religious practices. Church leaders and religious organizations are urged to close in-person services and not bring large groups of people together while the health order is in force.
The release went on say “it is important to emphasize that suspension of in-person gatherings is not a suspension of worship. There are many ways that religious practices can still be observed, including live streaming or watching recordings online.”
Staying at home, washing hands frequently, wearing masks and placing six feet of distance between others are still the best ways to curb the spread of coronavirus.
To watch a video from the county health officer on preventing the spread of COVID-19, please go to https://hhsa.cosb.us/