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New York federal judge blocks COVID restrictions on prayer, religious gatherings


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo urging New Yorkers to wear a facemask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, spring 2020.

(JNS) - A federal judge expressed concerns on Friday that New York governmental leaders violated the rights of residents when it sought to limit the number of individuals who could gather for prayer services during the coronavirus pandemic.

Judge Gary L. Sharpe of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, issued a preliminary injunction against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, preventing them from enforcing any limitations on outside gatherings for religious services, even in the midst of COVID-19, which ran rampant in the state and especially...

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