Source: Eric Quintanar
California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) will revise COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on houses of worship following a Friday ruling at the Supreme Court, according to a statement from his office.
“We will continue to enforce the restrictions the Supreme Court left in place and, after reviewing the decision, we will issue revised guidelines for worship services to continue to protect the lives of Californians,” the governor’s press secretary, Daniel Lopez, said in a statement, reports KCRA.
The governor’s statement comes after the Supreme Court sided against California’s restrictions on houses of worship late Friday evening, ruling that the state could not prevent churches from holding indoor services due to the pandemic.
The 6-3 decision granted relief to South Bay United Pentecostal Church, of San Diego, after lower courts had ruled that California’s restrictions on worship, singing, and chanting in churches appeared to be legally justified, reports the Los Angeles Times. Under California’s blueprint for reopening, counties in the “purple-tier” status cannot hold indoor church service. According to state data, more than 40 million people live in purple-tier counties.
Under the court decision, California can limit church capacity at up to 25%. However, within the court’s majority, the justices differed as to the extent California appears to have discriminated against houses of worship.