[Ed. – There is no demonstrated correlation between singing and contracting the coronavirus. Remember, it took us 100 years of bad precedents and wrong thinking about the purpose of government to get us to this point: being ordered without recourse to not freely exercise religion. Does this one walk back? Can only more drastic measures eliminate the threat of this kind of totalitarian ukase?]
The State of California has banned singing in any indoor religious services, even with masks on, under new guidelines issued by the Department of Public Health to control the spread of the coronavirus.
The new guidelines state (emphasis added):
Even with adherence to physical distancing, convening in a congregational setting of multiple different households to practice a personal faith carries a relatively higher risk for widespread transmission of the COVID-19 virus, and may result in increased rates of infection, hospitalization, and death, especially among more vulnerable populations. In particular, activities such as singing and chanting negate the risk- reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing.
*Places of worship must therefore discontinue singing and chanting activities and limit indoor attendance to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower.