Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer refused a Maine church’s request to stop the state from imposing any new COVID-19 restrictions on houses of worship.
Breyer’s rejection did not include a comment, but the case involved one church’s concern about new restrictions following new cases involving the delta variant.
The petition noted Maine had one of the “most severe restrictions in the nation on places of worship,” according to Fox News.
“Despite the abundant precedent from this Court, Maine ignored it all and continued to impose discriminatory and unconstitutional restrictions on religious worship services long after it became clear they were unconstitutional,” the church argued in the petition.
“In fact, even after all of the various restrictions had been enjoined or rescinded, Maine maintained the dubious distinction of imposing the most severe restrictions in the nation on places of worship,” it added.
Justice Breyer rejects Maine church request to prevent new COVID-19 restrictions https://t.co/voxu5boQsz
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The decision comes as many states begin to discuss whether to once again impose restrictions on businesses, churches, schools and other groups regarding the coronavirus.
Despite widespread vaccinations, the delta variant has rapidly spread in some parts of the nation. States now must once again decide how to respond to best help their residents remain healthy.