Judge rules Kentucky churches can hold in-person services

Judge rules Kentucky churches can hold in-person services

[Ed. – Is this because religion is now considered essential or because states across the country are relaxing stay-at-home restrictions?]

A federal judge has ruled that churches in Kentucky are allowed to host in-person gatherings on Sunday — two weeks earlier than the governor had planned — as the novel coronavirus crisis continues.

U.S. District Judge Greg Van Tatenhove ruled that Gov. Andy Beshear needed “a compelling reason for using his authority to limit a citizen’s right to freely exercise something we value greatly — the right of every American to follow their conscience on matters related to religion,” according to a copy of the ruling obtained by ABC News. “Despite an honest motive, it does not appear at this preliminary stage that reason exists.”

The decision to allow churches to reopen, so long as social distancing is practiced and proper hygienic practices are in place. …

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