NY Gov. Cuomo revises social distancing order amid First Amendment lawsuit

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo significantly revised a social distancing order on Friday, after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had accused him of unconstitutionally protecting religious services over other types of gatherings amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Released less than 24 hours after the first order, Cuomo’s second directive allows up to 10 people to meet for “any lawful purpose or reason,” the Democrat and Chronicle reported.

Mark D. Levine, who chairs the New York City Health Committee, suspected the revised order came as the result of a legal challenge, but indicated it was premature.

“This shocking order, forced by a lawsuit, changes nothing about the risks associated with group gatherings — especially those held indoors,” he said. “We need the public to continue to be smart and use judgment about the risks of this virus, regardless of what the court has forced on us.”

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However, the New York Chapter of the ACLU (NYACLU) praised the governor’s decision, which came after it filed a lawsuit against the original order.

“We’re

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