NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Diocese of Brooklyn and Agudath Israel of America have both filed federal lawsuits against New York State for its new COVID-19 hot zone restrictions.

The suits claim the state executive order denies the religious community its fundamental right — religious freedom — despite their implementation of safety precautions.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s order called for reduced capacity at religious institutions in areas where coronavirus cases have spiked.

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