Rochester, NY—At today’s daily news briefing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that public health restrictions on worship services will be relaxed due to the progress that New York has made in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. In regions that are in Phase Two of New York Forward, worship services will be allowed to re-open at 25% capacity.
Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), made the following remarks:
“The Governor’s announcement is not everything, but it’s forward movement. Evangelicals want Gov. Cuomo to be a partner in public safety who respects the First Amendment and religious freedom. We know that pastors and churches can be trusted to take appropriate safety precautions. While we would prefer a more rapid rollback of the state’s temporary limits on religious gatherings, our organization appreciates that this positive step toward our churches has been taken.”