In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court on Friday rejected a California church's challenge to the state's limits on attendance for religious services during the coronavirus pandemic. For now, California can enforce the rules as a public health measure. The court was split on ideological lines with Chief Justice John Roberts, who often serves as the swing vote, siding with the liberal faction. In the ruling, Roberts wrote that "the precise question when restrictions" should be lifted during the pandemic "is a dynamic and fact-intensive matter subject to reasonable disagreement" and the "Constitution principally entrusts 'the safety and the health of the people ' to the politically accountable officials of the states."
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