•   
  •   
  •   

US Supreme Court blocks strict COVID-19 restrictions on some New York houses of worship

10:40  26 november  2020
10:40  26 november  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Supreme Court won't impose virus protections at Texas prison. What about houses of worship in NY?

  Supreme Court won't impose virus protections at Texas prison. What about houses of worship in NY? A new case by houses of worship challenging COVID-19 restrictions will reveal whether the court's conservatives are ready to assert themselves.At the same time, the justices are more likely in the coming days to order fewer COVID-19 restrictions at New York churches and synagogues.

Houses of worship in certain parts of New York will be allowed to reopen with restrictions Sunday as Covid - 19 deaths and hospitalizations decrease, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced.

"Although California's guidelines place restrictions on places of worship , those restrictions appear consistent with the Free The thrust to reopen churches has become one of the latest debates in the Covid - 19 culture wars. As states across the country have been gradually reopening their cities, some

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court placed religious freedom before pandemic precautions Wednesday night, temporarily blocking recent rules in New York that severely restricted gatherings at houses of worship in areas hit hardest by COVID-19.

The court's new, more conservative majority ruled 5-4 that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's limits on churches, synagogues and other houses of worship to 10 or 25 worshipers in hard-hit regions appeared to violate the First Amendment's Free Exercise Clause.

"Even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten," the court's unsigned majority opinion said. "The restrictions at issue here, by effectively barring many from attending religious services, strike at the very heart of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty."

Pfizer to seek approval from FDA 'within days' after further analysis finds COVID-19 vaccine 95% effective

  Pfizer to seek approval from FDA 'within days' after further analysis finds COVID-19 vaccine 95% effective Pfizer and BioNTech are expected to produce up to 50 million doses globally in 2020 and up to 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021. The news comes days after Moderna, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biotechnology company, announced early Monday its candidate vaccine, mRNA-1273, developed in collaboration with the U.S. government, appeared to be 94.5% effective against COVID-19.

restrictions as Covid - 19 cases decrease Houses of worship in certain parts of New York will be allowed t coronavirus restrictions resulted in the banning of in person services in some states. The governor noted how far New York had come on Friday from its tragically high daily death count.

Inslee announces new restrictions for Washington state. Covid - 19 in the US "Right now, every state and the federal government have some form of declared emergency. The Michigan Supreme Court issued its initial opinion at the request of the US District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.

It was a reversal from earlier actions taken by the high court in response to state restrictions on organized religion during the coronavirus pandemic. The justices previously refused to lift restrictions on churches in California and Nevada, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court's four liberals in upholding state restrictions.

But since then, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died and was succeeded by Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, giving conservatives a 6-3 majority. Roberts and the three liberal justices dissented from Wednesday night's ruling.

"It is a significant matter to override determinations made by public health officials concerning what is necessary for public safety in the midst of a deadly pandemic," the chief justice said. He noted that the limits have changed even as the court was considering the two challenges, so that churches and synagogues now can hold services at 50% capacity.

Broncos DC Ed Donatell back home recovering after COVID-related hospitalization

  Broncos DC Ed Donatell back home recovering after COVID-related hospitalization Broncos defensive coordinator Ed Donatell required hospitalization after contracting the coronavirus, according to the team. The second-year Denver DC was hospitalized last week but discharged Sunday. Donatell, 63, has been battling COVID-19 symptoms since Oct. 31 and has missed the past three games. Donatell, who is in his third stint with the franchise, is one of a few Broncos staffers to have contracted the virus. Running backs coach Curtis Modkins did so in October, and offensive line coach Mike Munchak was in the team’s COVID protocol.

State, territorial, tribal, and local governments have responded to the COVID - 19 pandemic in the United States with various declarations of emergency, closure of schools and public meeting places

California has imposed some of the strictest Covid - 19 restrictions as the virus came back to bite the country, including limiting household gathering and putting out travel advisories for upcoming Thanksgiving holidays. However, Newsom, who has been a vocal advocate of the measure, found his

But Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch took direct aim at Roberts' earlier opinion in the California case, arguing that ceding authority to elected officials takes judicial modesty too far.

"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," he wrote.

Associate Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan emphasized the pandemic's impact on the nation and New York in particular.

"According to experts, the risk of transmission is higher when people are in close contact with one another for prolonged periods of time, particularly indoors or in other enclosed spaces," Breyer wrote. "The nature of the epidemic, the spikes, the uncertainties, and the need for quick action, taken together, mean that the state has countervailing arguments based upon health, safety, and administrative considerations that must be balanced against the applicants’ First Amendment challenges."

I'm going to visit family for Thanksgiving. Should I get a COVID test before I go?

  I'm going to visit family for Thanksgiving. Should I get a COVID test before I go? As people consider traveling home for the Thanksgiving holiday, many are getting COVID-19 tests to figure out whether its safe to visit lived ones.As people consider Thanksgiving travel amid a fall surge in COVID-19 cases around the U.S., lines to get tests in some places have grown longer.

A video showing a police officer arguing with a group of Orthodox Jews in a New York town has drawn angry reactions from people online, who see it as evidence of persecution and harassment of the US The argument apparently stems from Covid - 19 social distancing rules that are in place in the county.

The Supreme Court held its inaugural session from February 2 through February 10, 1790, at the Royal Exchange in New York City, then the U.S Although appointed to the court on December 19 , 1869, by President Ulysses S. Grant and confirmed by the Senate a few days later, Stanton died on

The New York restrictions, announced in October, were challenged by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Agudath Israel, an Orthodox Jewish congregation. They claimed Cuomo's order targeted houses of worship while treating secular institutions less stringently and allowing essential businesses to operate without restrictions.

"The governor openly admitted that his executive order is a 'blunt' policy 'being cut by a hatchet,'" lawyers for the diocese wrote. "The pandemic alone cannot justify overbroad, untailored closure orders of indefinite duration directed at all 'houses of worship' that in another time would plainly be found to violate the Constitution."

The Orthodox Jewish organization said its members were being singled out for "discriminatory targeting" because of past violations of COVID-19 restrictions by some Orthodox Jews. It called that "guilt-by-religious-association."

"The restrictions have eliminated the ability of many Jews to worship on important religious holy days," its lawyers wrote. "None of this is necessary to protect public health."

The show goes on at Madrid´s opera house despite pandemic

  The show goes on at Madrid´s opera house despite pandemic MADRID (AP) — No one performing onstage in Spain’s Teatro Real opera house is masked, and that alone looks odd these days amid a pandemic. And that's even before the second act scene in Antonín Dvořák’s “Rusalka” — about a water nymph who falls in love with a mortal — in which cast members kiss and grope in a feigned, non-socially distanced orgy. While many of the world's major venues are shut down, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Covent Garden in London and La Scala in Milan, watching a performance at the Teatro Real in Madrid can almost make you forget about the coronavirus.

In response, state Solicitor General Barbara Underwood noted that New York was the national epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the spring and has seen more than 26,000 deaths, including over 16,000 in New York City alone. Lately, she wrote, the state began observing "clusters" in some communities and chose to combat them.

"The restrictions significantly constrain the extent to which gatherings may occur," she acknowledged. But she noted that comparable secular gatherings, such as concerts and other events, "are completely prohibited."

Recently, her office notified the court that "due to a reduction of cases in the area," the six Catholic churches in Brooklyn that had faced strict limits would be free to admit more worshipers.

In response, the Diocese called the change "more than a little curious, especially when ... rates are otherwise rising in New York State."

"Any one of the Diocese’s churches can again be subjected to fixed-capacity restrictions on literally a moment’s notice," it said in legal papers. "The Sword of Damocles continues to hang over the Diocese’s head, whether or not a particular church happens to fall within a particular zone at a particular point in time."

The balancing act between public health and religious liberty has given the high court trouble since the spring. The justices ruled 5-4 in May against a California church seeking to exceed a 25% capacity limit that was more stringent than local businesses faced. In July, it upheld Nevada's 50-person limit on church gatherings while letting casinos, bars and restaurants operate at 50% capacity.

Trump’s imprint on Supreme Court shows conservative effect in key coronavirus ruling

  Trump’s imprint on Supreme Court shows conservative effect in key coronavirus ruling In dramatic fashion, the court’s new conservative majority dismissed Chief Justice John Roberts’s past deference to local officials on certain pandemic restrictions. All three of President Trump’s nominees to the court were in the 5-to-4 majority that blocked New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s restrictions on houses of worship in temporary hot spots where the coronavirus is raging.

Earlier: Supreme Court says Nevada can impose tighter virus limits on churches than casinos

Associate Justice Samuel Alito told the conservative Federalist Society recently that COVID-19 restrictions have resulted in "previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty." He denounced high court rulings that he said discriminated against religious groups and argued that the pandemic highlighted a wider assault on religious freedom.

More: Critics decry Justice Alito's 'nakedly partisan' speech on COVID-19 measures, gay marriage

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Supreme Court blocks strict COVID-19 restrictions on some New York houses of worship

Ravens WR Willie Snead tests positive for COVID-19 Sunday .
Watch some quick efficient passing by Louisville. As soon as David Johnson catches the ball he tosses it up to the hoop for Jae'Lyn Withers to throw it down for the ACC Must See Moment.

usr: 12
This is interesting!