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Attorney speaks after ruling reversal regarding occupancy restrictions at places of worship in Nevada

Posted at 9:33 PM, Dec 15, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The attorney representing a Las Vegas church is speaking out after a ruling was reversed regarding Nevada’s restrictions on places of worship.

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Places of worship can now operate at 25% capacity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Calvary Chapel, which has locations in Las Vegas and Dayton.

Attorney Sigal Chattah represented the Las Vegas church.

“This is the most wonderful gift before Christmas that the church can have," says Chattah. “From the get-go we wanted churches and places of worship to have the same amount and same rules as other businesses whether they were essential or non-essential businesses.”

Chattah argued before a judge on behalf of the Las Vegas church back on December 8.

This decision now means that up to 175 parishioners can attend service, as the church has a capacity of 700.

Las Vegas pastor Joseph Guy says justice was served.

"The governor doesn't have the authority to make any decisions regarding the church,” says Guy. “It’s outside of his realm of authority, only the Supreme Court gets to make decisions because it's an issue with the constitution.”

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