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Federal judge rules in Cuomo’s religious gathering limitations; gives churches same clearance as restaurants

A federal judge has ruled that religious institutions can have the same 50% indoor capacity as restaurants and businesses.

Governor Andrew Cuomo had previously limited gatherings to 25% in Phase 3, then increased it to 33% for regions that entered Phase 4.

However, District Judge Gary Sharpe said certain COVID restrictions enforced by the Governor favored protest over prayer. He also ruled that a state cannot enforce any capacity limit on outdoor religious services.

The Governor has not spoken out publicly about the decision.