REDDING, Calif. - Places of worship in Shasta County are now restricted to hosting religious gatherings outdoors only.
For some places of worship, like St. Joseph Church, they’re setting up tents.
Inside St. Joseph, it’s eerily quiet as rows remain empty. Places of worship shifting back to outside only services as the county slides back into the purple tier.
“We really wanted the mass to be as short as it can,” said Father Fred Gucor, the pastor at St. Joseph. “We don't want people to stay that long outdoors.”
To protect worshippers from the cold weather, the church setting up this tent outside in its parking lot.
“With our parking lot it’s a little bit big,” said Father Fred. “We could social distance, we have chairs set up six feet apart, and families could be together.”
While people miss being able to have their services inside, right now it’s about adjusting to this new way of life.
“Where there's a will there's away,” said Julian Fuentes of Redding. “I think a lot of us miss it and a lot of us will try to get together regardless of the outside environment.”
St. Joseph Church streams its masses online on its website and Facebook page for people who are not comfortable going to mass in-person.