As many of you know in the State of Nevada churches are not allowed to have more than 50 people in attendance however, casinos are allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
In July, the Supreme Court ruled that Nevada is allowed to impose tighter restrictions on churches than casinos thanks to Chief Justice Roberts who sided with the liberal judges.
USA Today reported:
Lawyers for the state had argued that religious services require tougher limits than commercial establishments because of their duration and close quarters.
They said other venues, from movie theaters to museums, faced the same 50-person limit.
“Sadly, the types of communal, interpersonal gatherings that put Nevada citizens most at risk for spreading the virus include larger, in-person religious services – which are a major source of COVID-19 infections,” the state’s lawyers said.
Roberts said choosing when to lift restrictions during a pandemic is the business of elected officials, not unelected judges.
However, a viral video has appeared on the internet that shows the group “Evangelicals For Trump” holding a worship service in a casino.
The place was packed however was in compliance with the guidelines because the event took place inside a casino that was operating at 50% capacity.
Packed house at #EvangelicalsForTrump prayer & praise event in Las Vegas. NV Governor banned church services but casinos can operate at 50% capacity. So we are praying in a casino. pic.twitter.com/fP4xE3lPAb
— Ralph Reed (@ralphreed) August 7, 2020
Gov. Sisolak was furious and called the event at the Las Vegas Ahern Hotel “callous and dangerous.”
I was deeply disheartened and dismayed to see the callous and dangerous behavior displayed last night in Las Vegas at a campaign event for President Trump. (1/7)
— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) August 7, 2020
The scorned governor ensured the hotel was fined a whopping $250 civil penalty, but will not lose any licenses.