Partner Jim McManis spoke with the Daily Journal regarding a recent lawsuit challenging Santa Clara County’s ban on indoor church gatherings and a required list of worshippers. The lawsuit alleges violations of privacy and freedom of assembly rights, and the complaint states that the order on attendee limits and maintaining a list of parishioners that day are unconstitutional.
Jim predicts the County’s order will survive the challenge. He says, “First Amendment protection of religion is subject to limitations,” noting that public health and safety take precedence in this issue. Jim explains further that the county health officer is in charge of imposing these regulations, and the rules may differ from business to business.
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