Governor Andrew Cuomo Relaxes Religious Gathering Restrictions

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.”