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Washington — A sharply divided US supreme court blocked New York governor Andrew Cuomo from reimposing strict capacity limits on a group of New York City synagogues and Roman Catholic churches, saying rules he issued amid a new Covid-19 wave unfairly singled out houses of worship.

With justice Amy Coney Barrett joining the conservative wing in the majority, the court voted 5-4 in a pair of cases to bar Cuomo from enforcing his October 6 “Cluster Initiative” against houses of worship that sued to challenge the restrictions. The initiative was aimed at stemming the outbreak in areas of Brooklyn and Queens that were experiencing a surge in cases...

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