Published On: Thu, Jul 29th, 2021

Maine Church Seeks to Prohibit Governor’s COVID-19 Restrictions in Supreme Court

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A Maine church filed a motion in the Supreme Court on July 27, seeking to prevent Gov. Janet Mills from issuing new COVID-19 restrictions. The plaintiff, Calvary Chapel of Bangor, alleges in the petition (pdf) that the governor “continued to impose discriminatory and unconstitutional restrictions on religious worship services,” and even though Mills suspended the restrictions, “Calvary Chapel ‘remains under a constant threat’ that the governor will reinstate her unconstitutional restrictions at any time.” From March 14, 2020 to May 24, 2021, Mills had issued a series of executive orders, declaring religious services to be non-essential and illegal if they contain more people than she required. The petition alleges that Mills initially prohibited all religious service, then modified it to no more than 10 people, then 50, and, most recently, no more than 5 people per 1,000 square feet, which for Calvary Chapel was 50. It also points out that …

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