With a 5 to 4 votes The Supreme Court blocked New York Governor Cuomo’s COVID guidelines on attendance at religious services. Granting request by catholic diocese and synagogues in New York, the ruling came late Wednesday night minutes before Thanksgiving.
In October, Governor Andrew Cuomo set restrictions that affected places of worship, limiting the capacity to sometimes as little as ten people, no matter the size of the building. Cuomo stated that places of religious worship would be fined $15,000 if they acted in violation of the new rules.
Justice Neil Gorsuch stated, “Cuomo had treated religious activities less favorably than nonreligious ones, according to the New York Times.
“So, at least according to the Governor, it may be unsafe to go to church, but it is always fine to pick up another bottle of wine, shop for a new bike, or spend the afternoon exploring your distal points and meridians. Who knew public health would so perfectly align with secular convenience? “It is time — past time — to make plain that, while the pandemic poses many grave challenges, there is no world in which the Constitution tolerates color-coded executive edicts that reopen liquor stores and bike shops but shutter churches, synagogues, and mosques, wrote Gorsuch.
Cuomo’s strict guideline had created color-coded limits on mass gatherings and businesses. in an effort to control the outbreak in New York City areas that are experiencing a surge in COVID cases.