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Politics Cuomo blames new conservative majority for High Court's COVID-19 decision

22:50  26 november  2020
22:50  26 november  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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(Bloomberg) -- A sharply divided U. S . Supreme Court blocked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from reimposing strict capacity limits on a group of New York City synagogues and Roman Catholic churches, saying rules he issued amid a new Covid - 19 wave unfairly single out houses of worship.

Cuomo told reporters on Thursday the decision by the Supreme Court was 'moot'. The court had ruled in favor of the Archdiocese of Brooklyn and two The groups had been told to limit the size of gatherings in places of worship to avoid the spread of COVID - 19 . They all were within a 'micro-cluster'

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is blaming the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court for a decision late Wednesday against his state's COVID-19 restrictions on churches and places of worship.

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In remarks to reporters on Thursday, Cuomo said he thinks the ruling "was really just an opportunity for the court to express its philosophy and politics" and that it was making a "statement" with the vote.

The court's five conservatives, including Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was confirmed just before the Nov. 3 presidential election and replaced liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ruled against the New York measures. Chief Justice John Roberts and the court's three liberal justices were in the minority.

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With coronavirus hospitalizations already increasing in New York With coronavirus hospitalizations already increasing in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he expects the Thanksgiving holiday weekend will be "an added accelerant" that can lead to more cases and more hospitalizations.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked certain COVID - 19 restrictions imposed on churches and other religious services in New York. In a 5-4 vote, the court ruled in favour of the Catholic Diocese and Orthodox Jewish synagogues, blocking some of Governor Andrew Cuomo ' s capacity restrictions.

The ruling suspended rules by New York that limited capacity at churches, depending on the degree to which areas in the state were experiencing high waves of the coronavirus, to 10 and 25 people.

"You have a different court, and I think that was the statement that the court was making," the governor said, according to a report in The New York Times. "We know who he appointed to the court. We know their ideology," he added, the Times reported.

The New York governor also argued that in practical terms, the decision would have no impact. He said this was because restrictions in parts of New York City and the state had been eased because the number of coronavirus cases had fallen.

Cuomo said the ruling is "irrelevant from any practical impact because the zone that they were talking about has already been moot," according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Hill has reached out to Cuomo's office for comment.

New York's restrictions are determined by whether an area is labeled a yellow, orange or red zone, depending on how many coronavirus cases were recorded there.

The restrictions in New York have been heavily criticized by Catholic and Orthodox Jewish communities. Leaders of those communities hailed the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision.

The case was sent to the Supreme Court after lower courts sided with New York.

The ruling also comes after the court previously ruled 5-4 against religious challengers in similar cases in California and Nevada earlier this year, when Ginsburg was still on the bench.

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