Topeka, right? (KSNW) – Governor Laura Kelly announced on Saturday that her administration had reached an agreement with the two churches that filed a lawsuit over restrictions on religious gatherings.
“My highest priority is, and will continue to be, keeping the Kansans safe during this pandemic,” Kelly said. “While I am convinced that we have law on our part, the agreement with these two churches will enable us to move forward and focus our efforts on reducing the spread of disease and working to restart the economy.”
The Kansas Churches filed federal lawsuit Thursday, April 16, in the U.S. District Court in Kansas for that reason executive order 20-18 violated the First Amendment and the Preservation of Kansas Religious Freedom of Kansas.READ THE LAWS Federal lawsuit on executive order 20-18 Download
“Since the case was filed on April 16, Ford County has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases from 51 positive to 419,” Kelly said. “I know this is a difficult time for everyone, but I want to take a moment and thank all the first respondents and medical staff for their sacrifice. They are at the forefront of this disease and they are true heroes.
The settlement was done less than a week before Governor Kelly was expected to make a decision whether to reopen the country or continue to impose restrictions on mass collection and disease mitigation. Under the agreement, the two churches agreed to comply with the safety protocol imposed by the court.
“Our job is not to make them more difficult. And, our advice for all Kansai residents remains the same – stay at home and stay safe. We bend the curve, but we must continue to be vigilant in our mitigation efforts. “
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