In the latest development, The federal court in New York has ruled out the order of the state government that placed restrictions on the outdoor gathering of people. It placed an injunction ok the State order saying that no gathering restrictions will be applied provided that social distancing norms are followed. So, as for now, people can gather at religious places of worship.
It also ruled out the order of restrictions on indoor gatherings saying that restrictions on indoor gatherings cannot be greater than the restrictions on business in phase 2 of reopening. The judgment was passed by U.S. district judge Gary Sharpe.
The decision has come after a case was filed with several high officials as defendants such as governor Cuomo and mayor deBlasio saying that the restrictions applied to outdoor gatherings were not neutral. On the one hand, all George Floyd protests were allowed to happen freely, though that was a very large gathering, small gatherings at religious and other places are not being allowed.
The judge too explained that governor Cuomo even freely supported the protests and mayor deBlasio also did something similar. He also said that while all the retail shops and businesses could be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity, why not religious places of worship. He said that
“It is not the judiciary’s role to second guess the likes of Governor Cuomo or Mayor de Blasio when it comes to decisions they make in such troubling times, that is until those decisions result in the curtailment of fundamental rights without compelling justification,”
“They could have also been silent. But by acting as they did, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio sent a clear message that mass protests are deserving of preferential treatment,”
“There is nothing materially different about a graduation ceremony and a religious gathering such that defendants’ justifications for a difference in treatment can be found compelling,”. For more such latest news, stay tuned with us.