Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday signed a bill that would prevent the government from closing places of worship.
House Bill 2648 creates the Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act, which authorities say anything closing places of worship would be considered a substantial burden on people’s freedom of religion.
Government officials in Oklahoma and across the U.S. forced places of worship to close early in the pandemic as a preventative measure to stop the spread of COVID-19. Many places of worship moved services virtually while the restriction was in place.