Munich – The authorities are entitled to ban religious services with congregations during the novel coronavirus pandemic, a German court ruled on Thursday.
The court, sitting in Munich, threw out an urgent application from a Catholic lawyer challenging the ban on religious services as Easter approached
The Munich-based lawyer said that he wished to celebrate Easter in traditional fashion this year, in spite of the lockdown imposed by the Bavarian authorities.
The lawyer, in his application, claimed that the ban infringed his right to freedom of worship as guaranteed by the German constitution.
The court, in rejecting the application, said that permission for religious services could be granted in individual exceptional cases.