July 16, 2020 With deaths in California soon to exceed 7,500 people and cases doubling every 26.3 days, Governor Gavin Newsome has reinstituted restrictions on places of worship, restaurants, gyms, salons and other operations in most of the Golden State. About 80 percent of the state’s population fall under the new restrictions The summer surge of coronavirus cases is a blow to parishes and others across the state that just last month began to cautiously reopen. Fortunately, with the summer weather, outdoor services are feasible and being allowed in many dioceses. As they did early in the pandemic, dioceses continue to work with local public health officials on the best way to keep Mass goers safe. Many dioceses again offered alternatives to Mass, such as these recommendations from Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone: Attend Mass Remotely Make a Spiritual Communion Meditate on the Sunday Readings Pray the Rosary “In this difficult moment,” said Archbishop José Gomez, “we ask God for his grace, that we might bear this burden together with patience and charity, united as one family of God in his universal Church.” The new restrictions remain in effect until further notice.