Supreme Court rules 5-4 against NY’s restriction on churches

Governor Andrew Cuomo called a decision by the United States Supreme Court ‘irrelevant’ on Thanksgiving.

A 5-4 ruling was made on the state’s limits on religious gatherings. The state has set forward additional restrictions for churches in communities that fall into Orange or Red categories.

Orange Zone restrictions for religious gatherings was 25. Red Zone restrictions for religious gatherings is 10.

However, the Justices who blocked the order said it ultimately violated religious freedoms.

“Not only is there no evidence that the applicants have contributed to the spread of COVID–19, but there are many other less restrictive rules that could be adopted to minimize the risk to those attending religious services,” the Justices said.

Cuomo said the ruling has no practical impact on the state’s movements to combat the virus.

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