The court shifted direction in cases on Covid-related limits on religious services after Justice Amy Coney Barrett replaced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The ruling followed a similar one in a case from New York and provided more evidence of a change in the court’s direction after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Liberals will one day cite and celebrate this defense of religious liberty.
Readers are mostly critical of a decision rejecting New York’s restrictions. One cites a recent Op-Ed by the pope.
“You have a different court, and I think that was the statement the court was making,” the governor said after a 5-4 decision barring restrictions on religious services.
In earlier rulings related to coronavirus restrictions in California and Nevada, the court had taken the opposite approach. But its membership has changed since then.
As the coronavirus surges again, houses of worship in New York struggle to serve their communities safely.
Church leaders, who have clashed with the governor before, said that Catholics have followed mask and social-distancing rules.
At least five houses of worship were given a summons in the neighborhoods where the coronavirus infection rates are the highest.
After back-and-forth between the city and state, maps of virus hot spots subject to lockdowns were released, but residents remained confused.
Rules that would have a pronounced impact on synagogues were met with protests and fires in a part of Brooklyn seeing an uptick in cases.