A pair of faith groups in Minnesota say they will move forward with independent plans to reopen for in-person worship services.
Catholic and Lutheran churches in Minnesota plan to resume in-person services, at 33% capacity on May 26th. They announced their intention in a pair of letters to Governor Tim Walz. Current state restrictions under the governor’s “Stay Safe” order force churches to cap services at 10. Faith leaders say there is no reason churches should face more restrictions than malls, casinos and restaurants. Church leadership reportedly also presented the governor with proposals, on two separate occasions, outlining how they could safely allow in-person worship to resume.
A religious liberty group, The Becket Fund, sent a letter to Walz and state attorney General Keith Ellison explaining why keeping churches restricted violates the First Amendment.