Ruling: Unconstitutional for Colorado to Limit Congregation Size
Two Colorado churches suid the state over several of Colorado's limitations on church services; a Federal judge ruled (mostly) in the churches' favor.
According to the Denver Post, Denver Bible Church in Wheat Ridge and Community Baptist Church in Brighton has sued Colorado over items including mask use indoors, and the size of indoor gatherings as they pertain to the statewide mask mandate.
A federal judge ruled on October 15, 2020, that the churches should be exempt from the mask requirement if it interferes with religious exercise, and should not have their indoor gathering size limited in a way that secular indoor gatherings are not.
From the Denver Post as quoted from the judge's order:
The Constitution does not allow the State to tell a congregation how large it can be when comparable secular gatherings are not so limited, or to tell a congregation that its reason for wishing to remove facial coverings is less important than a restaurant’s or spa’s.
According to the Denver Post, the Governor and the Colorado Department of Health & Environment have asked that the ruling be reversed while the appeal is underway, citing that an uptick in COVID-19 cases could be the result if the churches don't follow the precautions.
Get more on the ruling from The Denver Post HERE.