The judge made his decision in a suit brought by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.
He said while the restrictions hurt religious groups, it’s not in the public interest to block them if they’re helping prevent a wave of new infections.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio responded in a statement that read in part, “The Diocese of Brooklyn is extremely disappointed by today’s ruling, as we believe we presented a strong case in support of our right to worship. It is a shame our parishioners in the red zones cannot return to Mass when the judge acknowledged we have done everything right. We are now considering our appellate options.”
The ruling doesn’t end the Diocese’s lawsuit, but it denies the church’s request for a temporary injunction.
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