In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court gave a partial victory to California churches whose indoor worship services had been banned by the state. The SCOTUS ruled that churches can reopen at 25% capacity, with some limits, such as the state’s restriction on singing or chanting.
Justices Thomas and Gorsuch reportedly said they would have lifted all restrictions. Gorsuch wrote, "Even if a full congregation singing hymns is too risky, California does not explain why even a single masked cantor cannot lead worship behind a mask and a plexiglass shield. Or why even a lone muezzin may not sing the call to prayer from a remote location inside a mosque as worshippers file in."
Liberals Kagan, Breyer and Sotomayor all dissented, claiming the ban was necessary to fight the pandemic, although they didn’t explain why it was okay to go inside a Walmart with reduced capacity, but not a church.