Federal appeals court rules against COVID restrictions on churches

Victory for a Dayton church in its legal battle over coronavirus restrictions. A federal appeals court says the state’s COVID-19 restrictions due violate First Amendment rights because they place harsher attendance limits on religious gatherings-but not casinos and other secular businesses. As a result, Governor Steve Sisolak says he will increase attendance caps for houses of worship to 25 percent. Sisolak says the purpose of all of his directives has been to save lives and protect public health, and while he’s disappointed with the court’s ruling, he will comply.