Supreme Court blocks New York’s COVID-19 attendance limits in places of worship
Justice Amy Coney Barrett and conservatives voted against the Coronavirus restrictions.
Late last night (Nov. 25), the Supreme Court voted to block COVID-19 restrictions put in place by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo limiting the number of people that can gather at places of worship. The 5-4 ruling highlighted the influence of new Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was confirmed to the court last month.
Barrett and conservatives sided with churches and religious institutions, while the four liberal judges supported Cuomo’s Coronavirus restrictions.
“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 Court wrote in their opinion.
“Members of this Court are not public health experts, and we should respect the judgment of those with special expertise and responsibility in this area. But even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten.”
Over the spring and summer the Court was also split 5-4 on a similar ruling about restrictions on places of worship in California and Nevada. At the time — prior to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death — the liberal majority of justices voted to uphold the COVID-19 rules. Barrett took Ginsburg’s seat when she was confirmed, flipping the majority to Republican’s favor.
In the majority opinion, conservatives wrote that Cuomo’s limits on attendance were “far more restrictive than any COVID-related regulations that have previously come before the court, much tighter than those adopted by many other jurisdictions hard hit by the pandemic and far more severe than has been shown to be required to prevent the spread of the virus.”
Cuomo’s restrictions took into account the number of Coronavirus cases by geographic zone in an attempt to help limit the spread of the disease, as several religious holidays approach.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn issued a statement applauding the Court’s decision to block the restrictions, which they claim were a “clear First Amendment violation.”
“I have said from the beginning the restrictions imposed by Governor Cuomo were an overreach that did not take into account the size of our churches or the safety protocols that have kept parishioners safe,” it read.
However, Cuomo’s lawyers have argued that the restrictions placed on religious institutions were not any harsher than capacity limits put on other secular buildings or businesses. Furthermore, while the Court was debating the issue, Cuomo lifted the restrictions. The Court responded to this by saying that places of worship were still “under a constant threat” because Cuomo could have reinstated the restrictions at any time.
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
Below, our gift guide highlights some of our favorite Walmart finds for anyone in need of a home refresh.
“REVOLT Black News” correspondent Kennedy Rue counts down the top five moments from the 2023 Billboard Music Awards, including surprising wins, historic firsts, and dope performances. Sponsored by Amazon.
In this new episode of ‘Bet on Black,’ food and beverage take center stage as aspiring Black entrepreneurs from It’s Seasoned, Black Farmer Box, and Moors Brewing Co. present their business ideas to judges with mentorship from Melissa Butler. Watch here!
On Oct. 10, Walmart unveiled a brand new, state of the art creative studio on the campus of Central State University.
The Walmart HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour made its final stop at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) and left a lasting impact on students and alumni alike.
After unveiling their state of the art creative studio on the campus of Central State University, Walmart brought the HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour to Virginia State University (VSU) on Oct. 13.
Walmart HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour brings attention and wisdom to North Carolina Central University
On Oct. 17, Walmart brought the third stop of the HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour to North Carolina Central University (NCCU).
REVOLT is continuing its impactful partnership with Walmart by teaming up to showcase Black creatives at HBCUs all-across America. The panel consisted of three experienced, accomplished Black HBCU alumni: Actor and media personality Terrence J, entertainment attorney John T. Rose, and actress and “REVOLT Black News” correspondent Kennedy-Rue McCullough.
The health of a community can often be traced to the health of the environment that surrounds it. In Atlanta, a woman named Dr. Jaqueline Echols has dedicated her life to helping ensure that people in economically underserved communities have clean rivers – for better health and for the joy of outdoor recreational space.
Take a look inside the Makers Studio presented by Walmart at REVOLT WORLD, a space where Black creators could hone in on their brand and see it come to life.
Fly Guy DC taps in with REVOLT WORLD attendees to learn what the Opportunity Center, presented by Walmart, means to them and their futures.
In the season finale of “Bet on Black,” special guest judge Ray J joins as the finalists take the main stage to show they have what it takes to win the $200,000 grand prize; Melissa Butler and Eunique Jones Gibson mentor. Presented by Target.
In October, Walmart unveiled a brand new, state of the art creative studio on the campus of Central State University. The HBCU located in Wilberforce, OH was the first stop on Walmart’s Black and Unlimited HBCU Tour.
In this exclusive interview, DDG opens up about his fashion inspiration, what drew him to girlfriend Halle Bailey, dealing with negative opinions about his relationship, and more. Read up!
Here’s a list of rappers who are named after food. Enjoy — or shall we say, “Bon appetit”?