Washington State lifts restrictions on worship services; cites court rulings

by Karen Faulkner, Correspondent

(Worthy News) – Citing recent high court rulings, State announced Monday that it is lifting its restriction on the size of gatherings at indoor worship services, the Post reports. Masks and social distancing are still required but, under the new regulations, the 25% capacity and 200-person limit of gatherings indoors is a recommendation rather than a mandate.

In explaining its decision, Washington State cited the cases of Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak and Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo, CP reports. In the former case, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit lifted attendance limits on houses of worship in ; in the latter case the US voted 5-4 to lift worship restrictions in New York State.

“Because [Governor Jay Inslee] believes the attendance cap will help save lives, he is converting the required 200-person cap to a recommended cap. The Governor recognizes and respects that it is the role of the courts to say what the law is,” officials said in a statement.

“The Governor does not intend to re-impose mandatory numerical caps specific to religious services unless the Ninth Circuit or the Supreme Court clarifies the state of the law,” the statement added.

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