The French government has ordered to lift the ban on religious gatherings during the relaxation of the Covid lockout, as it is considered a fundamental right

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Lifting of the ban on religious meetings.
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The French government has ordered to lift the ban on religious gatherings during the relaxation of the Covid lockout, as it is considered a fundamental right

French courts ruled yesterday (Monday) that the government should lift the ban on meetings in places of worship, imposed as part of the social distancing measures, within the next eight days.

After receiving complaints from several individuals and associations, the State Council declared that such a ban on freedom of worship had caused “serious and manifestly unlawful harm”.

The latest government decree on measures to fight the coronavirus, even after France’s easing from May 11, bans all gatherings in places of worship except funerals, which are limited to 20 people.

But the State Council ruled that the ban was “disproportionate in nature”.

It remains to be seen what action the government will take to comply with the decision while preserving a safe environment in churches, mosques and other places of worship.

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