BY PETER FRIEDMAN
Just before midnight on the night before Thanksgiving, the United States Supreme Court temporarily enjoined New York State from enforcing COVID-related restrictions against houses of worship, finding that the restrictions violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, New York v. Cuomo, No. 20A87, 2020 WL 6948354 (U.S. Sup. Ct., Nov. 25, 2020). The decision has implications not only for COVID-related restrictions but also for other government regulations and requirements impacting houses of worship and religious activities.