CNA Staff, Oct 14, 2020 / 14:00 pm
A federal court on Thursday will hear the Diocese of Brooklyn's case against New York's new restrictions on public gatherings.
The diocese is challenging the state's new caps on attendance at indoor Masses at some churches in the diocese, because of reported spikes in coronavirus cases in parts of Brooklyn and Queens. The diocese announced Wednesday that it had received the court date, after requesting an expedited hearing last week.
Depending on the reported severity of new coronavirus outbreaks in Brooklyn and Queens, indoor Masses are limited to just 10 people in some areas, and 25 people in some other areas, according to the new rules announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Oct. 6.
The diocese immediately filed a lawsuit after the new rules were announced, saying that more than two dozen churches would effectively have to close.