Catholic Action League Pushes Back Against Somerville Mayor’s Church Capacity Restriction

CBS BOSTON — SOMERVILLE (CBS) — Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone is taking some criticism for restricting religious services to 10 people in houses of worship even though Gov. Charlie Baker has given the go-ahead for 40% capacity.

“We need to make sure as we reactivate these different sectors of our lives they don’t contribute to this pandemic. All these faith leaders are seeing that,” said Mayor Curtatone.

But CJ Doyle, who heads the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts said Curtatone’s restrictions are unreasonable.

“What the mayor of Somerville is doing is very extreme. It’s unwarranted. It’s also constitutionally very dubious,” he said. “There’s nothing in the Bill of Rights that says these rights will be upheld except in a public health emergency.”


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