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New York to allow gatherings of up to 10 people after NYCLU sues Cuomo

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New York to allow gatherings of up to 10 people after NYCLU sues Cuomo

New Yorkers will be able to convene in groups of 10 following a lawsuit against a Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order only allowing Memorial Day celebrations and religious services to have that number.

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) announced on Friday that the governor reversed his Thursday order after they filed a lawsuit on behalf of Linda Bouferguen, a New York City woman who had been arrested twice outside of City Hall for protesting the state shutdown.

‘We’re glad to see the governor reverse course on his executive order from last night. The right to protest and exercise free speech is the foundation of all our other liberties, and during a crisis is exactly when we need to be most vigilant about protecting it,’ Legal Director and lead attorney on the case, Christopher Dunn, said in a statement.

New York to allow gatherings of up to 10 people after NYCLU sues Cuomo

‘Health experts, elected officials, and police officers all agree that people can be outside safely while practicing social distancing, and it’s critical that lawmakers create guidelines and direct law enforcement uniformly.’

‘New Yorkers have met this crisis with solidarity and resilience, and placed immense trust in the government to exercise its authority and keep them safe. To maintain that trust, the government must take that responsibility seriously and treat all New Yorkers equally as we look to the months ahead.’

On Tuesday, the governor announced he would allow gatherings commemorating Memorial Day. The following day, he announced he would make an exception for religious services and ceremonies. Those were issued in an order on Thursday.

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