Judge rules DC COVID restrictions ‘substantially burden’ religious freedom

A Protestant church suing the District of Columbia over coronavirus restrictions held an outdoor service on Sunday, following a court injunction permitting the socially-distanced service.

Capitol Hill Baptist Church, which is one of the largest in Washington, DC, sued the district in September, saying that it unfairly targeted religious institutions by capping outdoor gatherings at 100 people, but permitting larger gatherings for other purposes.

The church was denied a permit to use the nearby R.F.K. Stadium’s parking lots for services, but the city permitted a pop-up drive-in movie theatre to use the same location.

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