Brazil’s Supreme Court rules that states and municipalities can ban religious services in pandemic

The court's decision permits, but does not require, the total closure of religious temples.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Federal Supreme Court (STF) yesterday, April 8th, ruled that mayors and governors may ban the holding of in-person religious services as a means to containing the spread of Covid-19.

The Court's decision does not force the total closure of religious temples. However, governors and mayors who wish to adopt the measure are cleared to do so by the STF.

By 9 votes to 2, the Court validated the decree of São Paulo's state that vetoed the holding of collective activities for a certain period to prevent crowds.

The majority followed . . .

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