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Catholic diocese and Orthodox Jewish synagogues ask Supreme Court to block New York's Covid limits

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

While incidences of Covid spike across the country, the Supreme Court is once again considering arguments from houses of worship that say pandemic-related restrictions are violating their religious freedom rights.

(CNN)While incidences of Covid spike across the country, the Supreme Court is once again considering arguments from houses of worship that say pandemic-related restrictions are violating their religious freedom rights.

The two latest cases arise out of New York as a Roman Catholic Diocese in Brooklyn and a group of Orthodox synagogues are challenging Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order limiting in-person attendance at houses of worship to 10 or 25 people in geographic "red" and "orange" zones.

Lawyers for the Brooklyn diocese, which is composed of 186 parishes and 210 total churches, say that the New York order "effectively closes" churches and other houses of worship but allows businesses deemed essential by the governor -- including supermarkets, pet stores and hardware stores -- to remain open.

"In short, the pandemic alone cannot justify overbroad, untailored closure orders of indefinite duration directed at all houses of worship that in another time would plainly be found to violate the Constitution," the lawyers say in court papers.

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