California Governor Gavin Newsom lifted location and capacity limits on places of worship last week, effective immediately, as a result of the Supreme Court of the United States ruling five times that his orders were unconstitutional — three of the five rulings, including the most recent Tandon v. Newsom, were Center for American Liberty lawsuits.
From California’s COVID-19 industry guidance website:
Places of worship and cultural ceremonies – updated April 12, 2021
In response to recent judicial rulings, effective immediately, location and capacity limits on places of worship are not mandatory but are strongly recommended. The linked guidance is in the process of being updated. All other restrictions in the guidance remain in place.
The Center for American Liberty’s three successful lawsuits:
Gish v. Newsom
Tandon v. Newsom
South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom
“Governor Newsom should have done this a long time ago,” said CEO and Founder of the Center for American Liberty, Harmeet Dhillon. “For over a year, the state of California has targeted the faith community for discriminatory treatment depriving them of their fundamental right to worship. It shouldn’t take a decision from the Supreme Court, much less five decisions, for Gov. Newsom to realize that what he has been doing is unconstitutional.”
“Today’s decision is incredibly gratifying for my colleagues and I at the Center for American Liberty who have been zealously advocating, on behalf of courageous Californians seeking the full restoration of the First Amendment,” Dhillon said. “While we celebrate the lifting of restrictions today, our work is not done. We will not relent until we have sufficient precedent from the courts prohibiting this civil liberties crisis from ever happening again.”