CNA Staff, Oct 19, 2020 / 08:00 am
A federal court ruled against the Diocese of Brooklyn on Friday in its case against new coronavirus restrictions which impose local limits on Mass attendance.
The diocese had sued the state of New York on Oct. 8 over new public health restrictions that limited the size of gatherings in certain "hot spots" around the state, or localities where the new coronavirus has been spreading. Certain churches in Brooklyn and Queens were effectively limited to holding 10 or 25 people for indoor Masses, under the new rules.
On Friday, a federal judge for the Eastern District of New York denied the diocese's motion to halt the implementation of the restrictions. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn said he was "extremely disappointed" by the ruling and is considering an appeal.
The diocese had argued that religious institutions had been wrongly singled out as "non essential," and held churches to a higher standard of restrictions compared to other venues, including retail outlets.