NY COVID restrictions: New restrictions limit capacity of religious gatherings in hot areas of New York

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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – Religious groups and gatherings are feeling the impact of new COVID restrictions in New York City hot spots. In Queens, the Notre-Dame-des-Martyrs Catholic Church, off Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills, is in the orange zone. Sunday morning mass will be limited to 25 people only.This after the Diocese of Brooklyn filed a lawsuit, asking a federal judge for a temporary restraining order to stop Governor Cuomo’s executive order with religious gatherings limited to just ten people in the red zone and 25 in the orange zones. However, a judge rejected this request on Saturday, citing “the severity and complexity” of the pandemic.

Jewish groups are also pursuing lawsuits after coronavirus cases spike in some of Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods.

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Religious leaders say the order violates their rights.

“We think we are following the rules,” said Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, of the Diocese of Brooklyn. “We don’t see any contagion happening in our churches, and we believe that this blanket ban on using our churches and reducing numbers so see, just doesn’t make sense. ”

Parishioner Bob Matheis added that most protests and demonstrations are without a mask, but “you can’t go to church to worship.”

Churches are not the only institutions targeted.

Schools as well as non-essential businesses, which means there are no more meals inside for at least a few weeks.

State officials have officially started issuing summons to stop activities that could spread COVID-19.

As of Friday alone, 13 summons were issued in Brooklyn and Queens.

You can find your zone at NYC.gov/covidzone.

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