Oregon Governor Changes Occupancy Limits for Churches to Recommendations Only
Because of some recent federal court decisions regarding churches, Governor Brown has just today released new guidelines for faith institutions. The occupancy and capacity limits for churches are now only recommendations. They will NOT enforce them. There will no longer be any unConstitutional intermeddling of the State with the free exercise of religion concerning when and how to meet for churches in Oregon. This is what we at Prepare the Way Ministries were praying for from the beginning of this situation and want to thank you for all your prayers in this area. The Governor’s change in policy was due to “recent court decisions” where the capacity limits were challenged successfully in courts by other churches and ministries. Pastors and ministry leaders have the best intentions for their congregants and they know how best to minister to their flocks. Now the State of Oregon has acknowledged this as well.
Here’s a quote from the Governors Faith Liaison Team today:
“Dear Faith Leaders:
I write to inform you of a legal change to the guidance for faith institutions, which the Governor authorized a few days ago. As you may be aware, a series of recent court decisions arising in other states have appeared to modify the legal analysis that some courts may apply to certain public health restrictions that are specific to faith institutions. In light of those decisions, the State has opted to modify the guidance for faith institutions so that, as a legal matter, the capacity limits for faith institutions are public health recommendations only, and not enforceable…”
Here’s the link for the new guidelines today with the change to “Recommendation” only for churches:
Praying the Lord would anoint your Christmas celebrations.