Churches fight new pandemic shutdowns

As coronavirus cases spike throughout the country, city and state governments are revamping restrictions — and once again raising the question of how to treat churches.

In some states, such as California and New York, where the restrictions have been tight since mid-March, church and state are locked in a now monthslong battle over the exercise of faith. The pandemic’s recent surge is only exacerbating the situation: The Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and two New York Orthodox Jewish synagogues in the last week appealed to the Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s reinstated regulations did not violate their rights.

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