Grace Community Church, an evangelical congregation in Los Angeles led by Pastor John MacArthur, was cleared by county public health officials after three members came down with COVID-19 last month.
“We are glad to announce that we received a notice from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Thursday, November 12, saying that we have been cleared of COVID-19 outbreak,” the church said in a statement last week. “After a thorough investigation, Public Health officials have decided to rescind all outbreak related requirements and restrictions on Grace Community Church.”
Houses of worship must report to the county Public Health Department when at least three positive COVID-19 cases emerge among either staff or congregants in order to assist the government in containing a potential outbreak.
MacArthur drew attention in July when he and the church elders decided to reopen their church in defiance of local and state orders forbidding in-person worship in the name of curtailing COVID-19.