Virginia churchgoers come to settlement with Gov. Northam to lift many COVID-19 restrictions

by Peter Heck · Sep 25th, 2020 7:49 am

Last Updated Sep 28th, 2020 at 11:36 am

Four Virginia men who filed a lawsuit against Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam for his excessive COVID-19 restrictions placed on churches have come to a mutually agreeable settlement with the state.

Brian Hermsmeier, Joe Sansone, Mike Sharman, and Charlie Sheads took Northam to court over limitations the state had placed on churches and churchgoers that they felt were more restrictive than those placed on any other category of business or public gathering.

The plaintiffs cited the Virginia Constitution, the state's Bill of Rights, and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson in making the case that worshippers have far more freedoms than the state was currently allowing.

The attorneys for Northam ended up agreeing with the petitioners that restrictions needed to be withdrawn for all churches with fewer than 250 attendees, with face coverings being the only restriction that will remain in place.


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