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US Judge Won't Lift 50-Person Cap On Nevada Church Services

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge rejected a rural Nevada church's request Friday for an emergency injunction that would allow it to exceed Gov. Steve Sisolak's 50-person cap on religious gatherings.

Calvary Chapel in Dayton, southeast of Reno, filed a lawsuit last week arguing the previous ban on religious gatherings of more than 10 people was unconstitutional.

Sisolak raised the limit to 50 people when he announced this week the reopening of several business categories previously considered non-essential.

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Church leaders say the new limit still violates their religious freedom under the First Amendment.