Places of worship and in-store shopping can reopen in California, pending approval from the state's individual counties.
Under the new guidelines from California's Department of Public Health, places of worship can hold religious ceremonies and funerals that limit attendance to 25 per cent of the building's capacity -- or up to 100 attendees, whichever is lower.
In order to reopen, churches must establish and implement a COVID-19 prevention plan, implement cleaning and disinfecting protocols; set physical distance guidelines; recommend that staff and guests wear face masks, and screen staff for temperatures and symptoms at the beginning of their shifts.
They are also urged to "consider eliminating" singing or group recitations.
The Department of Health also released guidelines for protests, which limits attendance to 25 per cent of an area's maximum capacity, or 100 attendees, whichever is lower.
The guidelines will be reviewed in 21 days.
Australian Associated Press