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Cuomo Executive Order to Limit Religious Gathering Stands, For Now

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Mike Groll
Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo
N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

A federal judge has turned down the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn for its request to block New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s order that limits religious gathering.

The judge says the order is aimed at curbing an uptick in coronavirus cases in “red zone” hotspots, not targeting religious practices. 

Houses of worship in hotspots with high rates of infection are required to operate at 25 percent capacity, or a maximum of 10 people, until cases reduce.

The ruling doesn’t end the lawsuit, but denies the Diocese’s request for temporary injunction. The judge says public health outweighs the potential, serious constitutional harm to religious groups.

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