Albany, New York – A federal judge in New York state upheld state restrictions on religious gatherings in coronavirus hotspots.
Friday’s US District Court Judge Gary Sharp’s decision in Albany followed two other similar judgments earlier this month that also refused to block Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions on areas in the state considered hot spots for COVID-19.
The rules restrict indoor prayer to 10 people in areas where the virus is spreading the fastest. In other areas within the hotspots, the number of internal religious services is limited to 25 people.
The test positive rate in focus areas under the New York Small Cluster Strategy is 2.75%.
The statewide positivity rate excluding these focus areas is 1.38%.
We continue to take strong measures to respond to the outbreak and stop its spread.
Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) October 30, 2020