Church’s Challenge to Covid-19 Rules Rejected

2020

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court rejects a California church’s attempt to overturn the state’s coronavirus restrictions on in-person religious services. The Court upholds the state’s right to impose limits on congregations to slow the spread of Covid-19. “Although California’s guidelines place restrictions on places of worship, those restrictions appear consistent with the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts wrote in the majority opinion for South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom.