Los Angeles County won a preliminary injunction Thursday to stop Grace Community Church from holding indoor services, setting up a Sunday showdown at the evangelical megachurch.
Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff ruled that the county health order prohibiting indoor worship “does not dictate a ban on worship,” allowing services to take place outdoors, on the internet, “and in any other manner that is not indoors with a large gathering of people.”
“Like the Court of Appeal when considering the stay, the court finds the balance of harm tips in favor of the County,” said the judge in his 18-page decision. “The potential consequences of community spread of COVID-19 and concomitant risk of death to members of the community — associated and unassociated with the Church — outweighs the harm that flows from the restriction on indoor worship caused by the County Health Order.”
The county has fought for a court order since the Sun Valley church reopened July 26