VENTURA COUNTY - Godspeak Calvary Chapel has remained open for indoor church service since the end of May.
Senior Pastor Rob McCoy says a total of about 2,500 people filled the three services Sunday, many not even members, passionate about exercising their Constitutional right to practice religion.
The county filed a lawsuit against the church last week for violating the public health mandate that was put into effect to protect the community against COVID-19.
But Pastor McCoy violated the county restraining order and held church inside once again.
On Monday morning, the county filed additional documents to request the court to authorize the Ventura County Sheriff to close the church until further notice and hold Pastor Rob McCoy in contempt of court for violating the restraining order.
In a hearing scheduled for Tuesday morning, the county is asking the court to close the church and prevent any further indoor worship service until further notice.
The county is also issuing an order for a second hearing before Friday, to show cause as to why the church and Pastor McCoy should not be held in contempt of court for violating the temporary restraining order.
The church is allowed to operate outdoors with members wearing masks and social-distancing.