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Court Rules San Jose Church Does Not Have to Pay $200K in Fines

NBC Bay Area logo NBC Bay Area 8/17/2022 NBC Bay Area staff
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Calvary Chapel San Jose.

California’s 6th District Court of Appeal ruled Calvary Church, in San Jose, does not have to pay $200,000 in fines it accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A lower court had issued the fines and held the church, and its pastors, in contempt of court for violating state and county limits on indoor public gatherings. 

But the appeals court reversed those decisions Monday, saying Governor Gavin Nwsom's ban on indoor worship services violated freedom of religion.

Despite the ruling, Santa Clara County said it will continue to seek $2.3 million in penalties against the church for violating other pandemic rules, like requiring face masks during services.

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