Californians Urged to Duck July 4 Gatherings as Covid Hospitalizations Spike

Returning to daily coronavirus press briefings as the virus surges in much of the Golden State, California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday again urged people to avoid gathering with people outside their households and to maintain physical distance from others as the state grapples with a 56% increase in hospital admissions over the last two weeks.

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Mass Gatherings

A Kentucky church lost its bid for a temporary restraining order to block enforcement of Governor Andy Beshear’s executive orders prohibiting mass gatherings in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Maryville Baptist Church, which held in-person services on Easter in defiance of the restrictions, failed to prove it would suffer “permanent and irreparable injury” absent a restraining order, a federal court in the state ruled.

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Kansas Supreme Court Rules Legislative Council Can’t Overturn Governor’s Religious Service Ban

In an expedited lawsuit brought by Democratic Governor Laura Kelly, the Kansas Supreme Court heard oral arguments via video conference Saturday on whether state lawmakers had the authority to overturn an executive order barring religious services of more than 10 people amid the coronavirus epidemic.

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