For Immediate Release: 3.27.20
Contact: Lacey McNiel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas City Quickly Alters Stay-At-Home Order to Respect Religious Liberty, Allow Churches to Follow CDC Guidelines
McKinney, Texas responded to letter from First Liberty Institute within hours
McKinney, TX—City officials in McKinney, Texas today altered its mandatory stay-at-home order to allow religious services that are consistent with the CDC’s 15-day guidelines. The change was made just hours after First Liberty Institute sent the city a letter explaining how its previous stay-at-home order was inconsistent with the Constitution, federal, and state law.
“We are grateful to McKinney city officials who responded quickly and appropriately to ensure their policies are both consistent with the Constitution and the CDC’s guidelines,” said Mike Berry, General Counsel for First Liberty. “During this challenging time, we need to see more of this kind of cooperation between government officials and the religious community. We continue to advise religious institutions to follow the CDC’s 15-day guidelines, but we all look forward to the day the faith community can again meet together, in person.”
City officials amended their policy to allow religious services by video or teleconference, or by other means that comply with the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing.
About First Liberty Institute
First Liberty Institute is a non-profit public interest law firm and the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to defending religious freedom for all Americans.
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