He also noted that while the current debate was ongoing, it had lifted existing restrictions.
“It is essential that you know why the court is deciding on a disputed issue, unless – and what was decided just a few months earlier in other cases that put forward the same argument – why they are deciding on a disputed case with a different decision than you did several months ago on the same issue. “You have a different court, and I think that was the court’s statement,” he said.
“I agree with the people who say it’s a different court and they wanted to declare that it’s a different court. They make that statement, I understand that,” he said.
The case confronts the latest religious groups with city and state officials working to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and highlights Amy Coney Barrett’s impact on the court. The decision comes when cases of coronavirus have increased across the country.
In the late-night decision, Barrett sided with his conservative colleagues in the debate, while Chief Justice John Roberts joined the three Liberal judges as a dissenting opinion.
Last spring and summer, before the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the court divided similar cases from California and Nevada in a 5 to 4 ratio, with Roberts and most liberals standing by houses of worship. Barrett was confirmed in October to replace Ginsburg.
The regulation limited the number of people who could attend religious services.
In the main, unsigned opinion, the majority chose the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Agudath Israel in the US that the restrictions violate the free exercise clause of the First Amendment because the regulations treat houses of worship more strictly than in comparison. secular facilities.
According to the majority, the regulations are “much stricter than the Covid regulations previously brought before the courts, much stricter than many other regulations adopted by jurisdictions severely affected by the epidemic, and much stricter than have been shown to be necessary to prevent the spread of the virus. “at the religious services in question.
Restrictions on participation are divided according to geographical zones into areas classified as “red” or “orange”.
Cuomo said the decision is not final, so far it is simply blocking the restrictions while the appeal continues.
“It didn’t affect the rules of mass assembly,” he added, which are percentage-based. – He didn’t mention the general limits.