Supreme Court Rules Against NY COVID-19 Restrictions On Houses Of Worship

The justices split 5-4, with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the majority. It was the conservative's first publicly discernible vote as a justice.

The Supreme Court late Wednesday barred New York from enforcing limits on attendance at churches and synagogues. The decision overturns restrictions previously imposed by Governor  Andrew Cuomo.

Justice Amy Coney Barrett voted in favor of the majority in the  5-4 vote. The court’s three liberal justices and Chief Justice John Roberts dissented.

According to reports, the court’s action would push New York to reevaluate its restrictions on houses of worship in so-called coronavirus hot spots. 

The Supreme Court decision is hailed as a win for the Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues. The groups had earlier challenged state restrictions announced by Gov. Cuomo on Oct. 6.