Church COVID Restrictions

Nevada to pay church $175K for legal battle over COVID-19 worship restrictions

"Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley filed a lawsuit against Nevada in May 2020, accusing Gov. Steve Sisolak of treating churches worse than secular institutions in the state's COVID-19 rules. [And eventually won in the Court of Appeals.]" - C.Post

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Louisiana Pastor seeks revival of suit challenging virus restrictions

"Tony Spell repeatedly flouted the public health restrictions at his Life Tabernacle Church in the Baton Rouge suburb of Central, and he faces six state criminal counts as a result....Lawyers for Spell also are appealing Jackson’s ruling that Spell is not entitled to damages. Spell’s attorneys include Roy Moore, a former Alabama judge and failed U.S. Senate candidate." - RNS

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California churches celebrate win for religious liberty as state agrees to pay $2.1M over lockdown battles

"The two cases against Newsom’s controversial measures in response to the novel coronavirus were filed by the Thomas More Society, a nonprofit law firm that takes on religious freedom cases." - C.Post

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California to pay $1.35M to settle Harvest Rock Church lawsuit against gathering restrictions

"The order also prohibited unfair treatment of houses of worship in emergency orders, explaining that the state government could 'impose capacity or numerical restrictions on religious worship services and gatherings at places of worship that are either identical to, or at least as favorable as, the restrictions imposed on other similar gatherings of similar risk.'" - C.Post

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Study: Americans who attend church more than once a week reported a higher rate of COVID-19

"...while the focus here is on church attendance, it’s logical to conclude that individuals who felt comfortable going back to weekend worship were also more willing to engage in other social activities. It is therefore difficult to isolate whether church attendance was the vector that most likely spread the infection" - The Conversation

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Police lock Ontario church for violating COVID-19 restrictions after court injunction

"According to Ontario’s website on public health measures, accessed Monday, religious gatherings indoors or outdoors cannot have more than 10 people. Attendees are required to wear face coverings and maintain six feet of social distancing." - C. Post

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Supreme Court vacates ruling against church suing California over worship limits

"...the high court vacated a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that denied South Bay United Pentecostal Church injunctive relief from the pandemic restrictions on in-person worship instituted by Gov. Gavin Newsom, which have since been rescinded." - C.Post

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