Supreme Court Sides With California Churches on Covid-19 Restrictions

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court exempted five California churches from a county health directive intended to stem the coronavirus pandemic by prohibiting indoor gatherings.

The court’s unsigned order, issued late Friday over the dissent of three liberal justices, blocked Santa Clara County from enforcing the regulation against the churches while litigation continues. It was the latest in a string of orders from the court’s conservative majority directing state and local authorities to...