Three-Hundred New York Pastors Urge Gov. Cuomo to Prioritize Safe Re-Opening of Churches

Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), said “Phase Four is unacceptable for our first freedom…Under the First Amendment, worship services are not ‘non-essential gatherings.’”

“Initially, churches complied with drastic measures to combat COVID-19. At this stage, however, a blanket ban on worship services across the state is no longer needed to protect the public,” McGuire said. “In some areas of the state, it is safe for churches to re-open if social distancing is observed and other protective measures are taken. In regions that have been hit hard by COVID-19, churches and other houses of worship should be included in Phase Two of the New York Forward plan. If it is safe to re-open retail establishments in a given region, it is safe to re-open churches in that region as well.”