On Tuesday, the Supreme Court, drawing from the ruling they issued last month in favor of New York churches and synagogues against New York governor Andrew Cuomoâ€™s pandemic restrictions in the case Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo, issued an unsigned order that sided with a Colorado church in one case and a Catholic priest and rabbi in New Jersey in the other.
The Court sent the cases back to the lower federal courts, which had refused to block restrictions on houses of worship in Colorado and New Jersey, with instructions for them to factor in the Courtâ€™s ruling in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo.
The Colorado church, High Plains Harvest Church, north of Denver, was fighting against Colorado Democratic governor Jared Polisâ€™ restrictions; Fr. Kevin Robinson and Rabbi Yisrael A. Knopfler chafed at New Jerseyâ€™s restrictions targeting places of worship....
Wayfarer pilgrim wrote: Churches are already cleaning and wiping down pews. But Look, the biggest super spreader events are family gatherings and grocery stores. But telling people to not meet or eat has yet to be outlawed, but thereâ€™s always January 21, to consider.
The primary reason we think family gatherings are super spreaders is because someone in government said so. There is no way to confirm. The real reason is to separate people from each other, lest someone say Come, let us reason together. Middle class must go. Families must go. Small business must go. What we see happening is what is designed to happen. When we look at who gets to stay open, and who gets closed, with no logical pattern, and the results, the plot gets too thick to swim in.
Sooner the virus runs its course, the sooner it will diminish in effect. Slowing the spread doesn't stop it, just keeps it going.
Churches are already cleaning and wiping down pews. But Look, the biggest super spreader events are family gatherings and grocery stores. But telling people to not meet or eat has yet to be outlawed, but thereâ€™s always January 21, to consider.
Both the SA and this article are interesting You can always avoid Church if you're worried about covid-19 âť—
Carol Kuruvilla wrote: .... A house of worship with a good COVID-19 â€śIQâ€ť would be reducing attendance significantly, disinfecting surfaces and keeping hand sanitizers available, and maybe even doing symptom screenings at the door, Chin-Hong said.Â They may think about reducing the number of singers in the choir, or ensuring that the choir members are spaced out. Itâ€™s also important for people to socially distance from others in the pews behind, in front, and horizontally to where one is sitting, he said.Â
.... If the service takes place indoors, he believes face masks shouldnâ€™t be optional, as some churches have suggested, but â€śabsolutely mandatoryâ€ť to reduce the generation of aerosols, Winslow said.
â€śNo one is immune to illness and death from this virus and I would encourage people to focus on that and let science, as much as possible, drive these decisions, particularly about reopening businesses and houses of worship,â€ť he said. â€śIt really should not be a culture wars issue.â€ťÂ
excerpt from,"Some Say If Retail Stores Are Open, Churches Should Be Too. Hereâ€™s Why Itâ€™s Not So Simple."