Supreme Court strikes down New York's COVID restrictions on synagogues


December 11, 2020

(JTA) — The Supreme Court blocked government restrictions on houses of worship imposed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a late-night ruling Wednesday.

Deciding two cases at once — one brought by Agudath Israel, an umbrella organization representing haredi Orthodox Jews, and one brought by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn — the court ruled that restrictions placed on New York’s “red zones” with high COVID test positivity rates unfairly discriminated against houses of worship.

The decision, which split 5-4, was the first in which Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was confirmed...

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