The Supreme Court has sent a lawsuit over religious gatherings brought by a California church against Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and the state of California back to a lower court for a do-over, in light of the court's decision that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's restrictions on religious gatherings are unconstitutional.
The plaintiffs in the case, Harvest Rock Church, requested immediate court intervention while the state asks the Supreme Court to allow restrictions on religious gatherings to continue.
According to Just the News:
Newsom has banned indoor church services in high-risk areas – the majority of the state — yet other gatherings like sporting events, protests and Hollywood film productions are allowed to continue.
In moderate-risk California counties, churches can hold 25% of the normal capacity indoors.
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"California is experiencing an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases, creating an even greater public health need for restrictions on prolonged communal gatherings in indoor places," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office said in a filing, which opposed Harvest Rock's request for the restrictions to be lifted.
According to Newsom, the "perils" of indoor gatherings - such as dining at the French Laundry - justify further restrictions.
"Scientific evidence demonstrates why those activities pose a particularly grave threat of virus transmission during the current pandemic," argued attorneys for Newsom and the state.