Delaware will no longer impose COVID-19 restrictions on houses of worship beyond those that are generally applicable to other secular entities. The move comes on the heels of a First Amendment lawsuit. Attorneys Thomas C. Crumplar and Raeann C. Warner of Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A., participated in filing the complaint, Rev. Dr. Christopher Allen Bullock v. Gov. John C. Carney. The lawsuit cited Governor Carney’s specific restrictions on church gatherings, which deprived citizens of the right to freedom of religious assembly, freedom of religious speech, and the free exercise of religion. On June 2, Governor Carney removed these mandatory restrictions on church gatherings. Churches are now allowed use state recommendations as they see fit to best safely and responsibly minister to their congregants.
Anticipating the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 this fall, Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. attorneys will be working with lawyers from other firms to seek a permanent injunction prohibiting future government interference in religious worship in the state of Delaware.