"The Governor has an enormous responsibility to protect the lives of the citizens of our state balanced against the citizens' constitutional rights to freedom of religion which includes how he or she chooses to worship. The Governor's orders are not required for public safety when Plaintiffs can continue to utilize social distancing and safety protocols at larger gatherings involving spiritual worship, just as grocery stores and businesses deemed essential by the Governor have been authorized to do. This court finds that based on these factors the balance of equities tips in favor of Plaintiffs."In Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf's emergency powers last for 90 days, after which he can extend them himself. State Rep. Russ Diamond has introduced legislation that would limit these powers to 45 days, after which legislative approval would be needed.
Updated 9 am: Oregon's Supreme Court has temporarily reinstated the ban, pending review by the full court.