According to an LA Times story, "Judge Vincent O’Neill denied the county’s request to shut the church but scheduled a hearing on the contempt claim for Aug. 21."
In the past, Pastor Pastor Rob McCoy has held indoor services on Sunday in defiance of a judge ruling a temporary emergency restraining orde that forbade indoor services amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to reporting from Thousand Oaks Acorn, the county is seeking that the Pastor and Godspeak Calvary Chapel be "held in contempt and an order from Judge Matthew Guasco to direct the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office to take all “reasonable and necessary” actions to close the church to prevent any further indoor services, county spokesperson Ashley Bautista told the Acorn via email."
The Ventura County Star on Friday reported that "the temporary restraining order issued by Judge Matthew P. Guasco prohibits Godspeak and McCoy from offering indoor services at the church in Newbury Park or any other indoor venue in the county until Aug. 31."
"A judge awarded the county this emergency temporary restraining order that prohibits us from meeting in the church, if we do, we are fined. Even though we stated to the judge for us to meet in a park would be impossible. 1,500 people, what park? " McCoy says on YouTube.
"We haven't had one case of COVID-19 in our church. We have been open since May 31," McCoy said on the video on Aug. 7. "As a church, we have been ordered by the judge to remain closed. This building by judge's orders is not be occupied by Rob McCoy.... And I wish it didn't have to come to this. I really do. But we will be violating the judge's order. We will be open this Sunday...We are planning on having services at 9, 11 and 1."
McCoy said on the Friday video the first 1,000 get a citation, "a misdemeanor."
"It will be on your record, be mindful of that. And if we continue doing that, there is likely jail. I don't want it to go to that," McCoy says in the video.
McCoy says the church has been getting phone calls from the White House.
"This is going national, we are getting calls from all over the place, how serious this is," McCoy said. "We just want to go to church."