The ruling sets aside a lower court’s decision on Friday that would have allowed Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church to hold an indoor services.

The California Court of Appeal issued a late-night ruling that upholds a ban on churches holding indoor services.

The ruling sets aside a lower court’s decision on Friday that would have allowed Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church to hold an indoor services.

The Court of Appeal said immediate action was necessary because MacArthur planned to conduct worship services on Sunday morning.

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“As between the harm that flows from the heightened risk of transmitting COVID-19 and the harm that flows from having to conduct religious services outdoors instead of indoors, the balance at this early stage favors issuance of a stay,” the three-judge panel wrote.

The judges said Los Angeles County had the right to ban “indoor religious activity.”

Los Angeles County issued a statement praising the court’s crackdown on church services.

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