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High court: California can’t totally ban indoor worship

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Posted at 8:59 PM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 23:59:08-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is telling California it can’t enforce a ban on indoor church services because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The high court issued orders late Friday in two cases where churches had sued over coronavirus-related restrictions in the state. The high court said that for now, California can’t ban indoor worship in areas where virus cases are surging, but it can cap indoor services at 25% of a building’s capacity. The justices also declined to stop the state from barring singing and chanting at services.

The court’s three liberal justices dissented.