Cuomo: Supreme Court decision blocking NY COVID limits on houses of worship 'irrelevant'

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that a Supreme Court ruling barring New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in virus hot spots was “irrelevant.”

“I think that Supreme Court ruling on the religious gatherings is more illustrative of the Supreme Court than anything else,” the governor said on a conference call with reporters.

“It’s irrelevant from any practical impact, because the zone that they were talking about has already been moot—it expired last week,” he said. “So I think this was really just an opportunity for the court to express its philosophy and politics. It doesn’t have any practical effect.”

The governor added that, “I fully respect religion. And if there’s a time in life when we need it, the time is now. But we want to make sure we keep people safe at the same time, and that’s the balance we’re trying to hit, especially through this holiday season.”