Appeals court blocks New York governor's Covid-19 restrictions on houses of worship
December 28, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to members of New York state's Electoral College before voting for President and Vice President in the Assembly Chamber at the state Capitol in Albany, New York on December 14, 2020. - Joe Biden's march to the White House -- overshadowed by President Donald Trump's frantic attempts to overturn the US election -- is to be formalized when the Electoral College meets to confirm the Democrat's win. (Photo by Hans Pennink / POOL / AFP) (Photo by HANS PENNINK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
A federal appeals court on Monday blocked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's restrictions on religious gatherings, saying the restrictions "are not narrowly tailored to stem the spread of Covid-19."
(CNN)A federal appeals court on Monday blocked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's restrictions on religious gatherings, saying the restrictions "are not narrowly tailored to stem the spread of Covid-19. "
The decision comes after the US Supreme Court ruled in November that Jewish and Catholic houses of worship faced "far more restrictive" Covid-19 regulations than businesses.
In court papers, lawyers for the Democratic governor said that the restrictions were necessary to help stop the spread of Covid-19 and that houses of worship weren't being treated differently than similar secular businesses.
Monday's ruling, by the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals, said the appellants, which include the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Agudath Israel of America, established in their case "irreparable harm" caused by the per person capacity limits.
The decision also asks a lower court to reverse an earlier ruling and prohibit Cuomo from enforcing the order's 10- and 25-person capacity limits.
Randy Mastro, an attorney for the Diocese of Brooklyn, said in a statement to CNN that the diocese was gratified by the decision, saying Cuomo's restrictions went "too far in restricting the free exercise of religion. "
"The courts have clearly recognized that the restrictions imposed by New York State violate the constitutional rights of those seeking to attend religious worship services," Zwiebel said in a statement.