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State Updates COVID-19 Guidance on Activities Protected by First Amendment

Author: Joint Information Center
Date: 6/16/2020 9:31:19 AM

The State Public Health Department recently released updated guidance for activities protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, including places of worship, religious services and cultural ceremonies, and other constitutionally protected activities, such as the right to protest.


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San Luis Obispo, CA — The State Public Health Department recently released updated guidance for activities protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, including places of worship, religious services and cultural ceremonies, and other constitutionally protected activities, such as the right to protest.

These activities that take place outdoors no longer have an attendance cap as long as strict physical distancing measures are in place.

“Exercising our right to peacefully protest and attend church is an inherent American value,” said SLO County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein. “However, let’s all remember the health and safety precautions we each need to take to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

While the new State guidance lifts attendance caps for outdoor First Amendment activities, the number of individuals attending an indoor religious service or protest is still capped at 100 people or 25 percent of a building’s capacity, whichever is less. Strict physical distancing policies should also be in place.

This new State guidance replaces guidance issued in May and does not obligate places of worship to resume in-person activity. It is strongly recommended that places of worship continue to facilitate remote services and other related activities for those who are vulnerable to COVID-19 including older adults and those with co-morbidities.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Less common symptoms include fatigue, body aches, chills, sore throat, and may include runny nose or diarrhea.

Older adults and individuals with underlying medical conditions are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Anyone with these symptoms should get tested at one of the many no-cost testing sites throughout the County. To find out more about how to get tested visit: emergencySLO.org/testing

For updates on COVID-19 in SLO County, visit ReadySLO.org or call the recorded Public Health Information Line at (805) 788-2903 or the staffed phone assistance center at (805) 543-2444 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


El estado actualiza la guía COVID-19 sobre actividades protegidas bajo la Primera Enmienda

San Luis Obispo, CA - El Departamento de Salud Pública del Estado publicó recientemente una guía actualizada para las actividades protegidas bajo la Primera Enmienda de la Constitución de los Estados Unidos, incluidos los lugares de veneración, los servicios religiosos y las ceremonias culturales, y otras actividades protegidas constitucionalmente, como el derecho a la protesta.

Estas actividades que tienen lugar al aire libre ya no tienen un límite de asistencia, siempre y cuando se apliquen estrictas medidas de distanciamiento físico.

"El ejercicio de nuestro derecho a protestar pacíficamente y asistir a la iglesia es un valor estadounidense inherente", dijo la Dra. Penny Borenstein, Oficial de Salud del Condado de SLO. "Sin embargo, recordemos todas las precauciones de salud y seguridad que debemos tomar para prevenir la propagación de COVID-19".

Si bien la nueva guía del Estado eleva los límites de asistencia para las actividades de la Primera Enmienda al aire libre, la cantidad de personas que asisten a un servicio religioso o protesta bajo techo todavía está limitada a 100 personas o el 25 por ciento de la capacidad de un edificio, lo que sea menor. También deberían existir políticas estrictas de distanciamiento físico.

Esta nueva guía estatal reemplaza la guía emitida en mayo y no obliga a los lugares de veneración a reanudar la actividad en persona. Se recomienda encarecidamente que los lugares de veneración continúen facilitando servicios remotos y otras actividades relacionadas para aquellos que son vulnerables al COVID-19, incluidos los adultos mayores y aquellos con comorbilidades.

Cualquier persona con síntomas de COVID-19 debe quedarse en casa para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de COVID-19. Los síntomas de COVID-19 incluyen fiebre, tos y dificultad para respirar. Los síntomas menos comunes incluyen fatiga, dolores corporales, escalofríos, dolor de garganta y pueden incluir secreción nasal o diarrea.

Los adultos mayores y las personas con afecciones médicas subyacentes son particularmente vulnerables a COVID-19. Cualquier persona con estos síntomas debe hacerse la prueba en uno de los muchos sitios de prueba sin costo en todo el Condado. Para obtener más información sobre cómo hacerse la prueba, visite: emergencySLO.org/testing.

Para obtener actualizaciones sobre COVID-19 en el condado de SLO, visite ReadySLO.org o llame a la línea de información de salud pública al (805) 788-2903. Un centro de asistencia telefónica está disponible al (805) 543-2444 los siete (7) días de la semana de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m.