A federal choose on Friday allowed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to maneuver ahead with new restrictions on gatherings at synagogues and different homes of worships, discovering that the principles didn’t violate the free train of faith for Orthodox Jews.
The ruling in federal court docket in Brooklyn got here after Agudath Israel of America, a nationwide Orthodox Jewish group, sued Mr. Cuomo this week over an government order detailing restrictions to deal with rising coronavirus instances in neighborhoods with giant populations of Orthodox Jews.
After an emergency listening to on Friday, the choose declined to briefly block the chief order forward of three Jewish holidays over the weekend. She mentioned she sympathized with the order’s affect on the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, however rejected the argument that Mr. Cuomo had unconstitutionally focused a spiritual minority.
“How can we ignore the compelling state interest in protecting the health and life of all New Yorkers?” mentioned Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto of Federal District Court in Brooklyn.
When asserting the chief order, Mr. Cuomo set new capability limits for homes of worship. In zones with the very best positivity charges, homes of worship could be restricted to 25 % capability or a most of 10 folks, whereas these in a much less extreme scorching spot may have 50 % capability.
Lawyers for Agudath Israel, an umbrella group with affiliated synagogues across the nation, argued that the brand new guidelines have been unconstitutional as a result of they prevented Orthodox Jews from exercising their faith. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn additionally filed an identical lawsuit in opposition to Mr. Cuomo on Thursday.
The choose’s choice signifies that Mr. Cuomo can impose the brand new restrictions because the lawsuit progresses.