The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday ordered a lower court to revisit its ruling against Pasadena-based Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry, which filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom over COVID-19 restrictions.
Harvest Rock recently sought to block Newsom’s ban on indoor singing and chanting in churches, but was denied in its bid to overturn the order by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Supreme Court sent the case back to the appeals court on Thursday in an unsigned order. In a similar case in New York, the court ruled 5-4 on Nov. 25 in favor of houses of worship challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus-related restrictions.
The California Attorney General’s Office opposed the ministry’s efforts to challenge the health order.
The ministries contend Newsom’s “tyrannical” executive orders placing restrictions on places of worship are unconstitutional and discriminate against churches.
As a result of the dramatic rise in coronavirus cases throughout the state in November, Newsom recently halted reopening plans and put almost all of California back under a strict set of rules that prohibit indoor worship and force most indoor business to close or operate at a fraction of their capacity.
Harvest Rock Church has multiple campuses, including in Pasadena, Los Angeles, Irvine and Corona. Harvest International Ministry has 162 member churches throughout the state.
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