(ChurchLeaders) In another 5-4 ruling Friday night, the U.S. Supreme Court prevented a Nevada church from expanding its attendance at in-person worship services. The state’s Democratic governor, Steve Sisolak, has capped church attendance at 50 people during the pandemic, yet casinos and other for-profit businesses may operate at 50 percent capacity.
Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, a church east of Reno, sued the state because it wanted up to 90 worshipers to meet in its 200-person sanctuary. “The governor allows hundreds to thousands to assemble in pursuit of financial fortunes but only 50 to gather in pursuit of spiritual ones,” said lawyers from Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented the church. “That is unconstitutional.”