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Religious services ban lifted


Last updated 12/23/2020 at 1:10pm

OLYMPIA – Just in time for Christmas and following a 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decision, Gov. Jay Inslee has rescinded his order limiting attendance at religious services and banning singing during services.

In Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak, the federal court ruled Dec. 15 that limiting the capacity of a religious service violated the First Amendment, the right to freedom of religion.

Prior to that decision, Gov. Inslee had attempted to limit church services to 25% of indoor capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer. He also banned singing and required church to control...

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