U.S. Supreme Court sides with Colorado church challenging Polis’ COVID restrictions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of a northern Colorado church that sued Gov. Jared Polis over capacity limits on religious gatherings, reiterating a stance the highest court took in a similar case last month.

High Plains Harvest Church in Weld County sued Polis and Colorado public health officials in May over the state’s orders limiting attendance at houses of worship to 50 people.

The U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday sent the case back to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for further consideration in light of the Supreme Court’s previous ruling in favor of New York Catholic and Orthodox churches that raised similar concerns about in-person limits.

The ruling isn’t expected to have a major impact on religious gatherings in Colorado because the state already lifted its limits on in-person attendance at religious gatherings. Three Supreme Court justices dissented from Tuesday’s ruling because of that change, on the grounds the case is moot.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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