Nunes Marques withdraws veto of authorities to face-to-face services at Easter

The total ban on the presence of face-to-face religious services represents an extrapolation of powers, since it treats religious service as something superfluous, which can be suspended by the State, without major problems for the faithful.
Nunes Marques pointed out that the ban on Easter services was exaggerated
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With this understanding, Minister Kássio Nunes Marques, of the Supreme Federal Court, granted an injunction to determine which municipalities, states and the Federal District refrain from complying with decrees that completely prohibit the realization of face-to-face religious celebrations this Easter.

The order also determines that the health prevention protocols, related to limitation of presence, with a maximum capacity of 25% be applied in services, masses and meetings of any creeds and religions.

In addition, the temples must observe social distance, airy space, mandatory use of masks, availability of gel alcohol at the entrances and temperature measurement, among others.

The ban was given by some state and municipal governments taking into account that Brazil is at the worst moment of the epidemic, with records of infected and deaths. The distance measures have led some cities to even extend the Holy Week holiday with a decrease in the circulation of people.

“Prohibiting purely and simply the exercise of any religious practice violates reasonableness and proportionality. Before, it is possible to harmonize religious freedom with preventive measures that are also known to be effective in combating the pandemic”, pointed out Minister Nunes Marques.

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