CA can’t totally ban indoor worship amid COVID

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The Supreme Courtroom is telling California it could’t implement a ban on indoor church providers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The excessive court docket issued orders late Friday in two circumstances the place church buildings had sued over coronavirus-related restrictions within the state. The excessive court docket mentioned that for now, California can’t ban indoor worship in areas the place virus circumstances are surging, however it could cap indoor providers at 25% of a constructing’s capability. The justices additionally declined to cease the state from barring singing and chanting at providers.

The court docket’s three liberal justices dissented.

The court docket’s motion follows a choice in a case from New York late final yr wherein the justices break up 5-4 in barring the state from implementing sure limits on attendance at church buildings and synagogues. Shortly after, the justices told a federal court to reexamine a similar lawsuit over California’s restrictions in light of the ruling.