The US Supreme Court banned New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from imposing strict restrictions on services in synagogues and Catholic churches in Brooklyn and Queens, where many COVID-19 cases are recorded. The vote of new judge Amy Coney Barrett gave the court the necessary margin to vote in favor of religious institutions, CNN reports.

The judges ‘ votes were distributed 4 to 5; Amy Coney Barrett, whose candidacy was proposed by US President Donald Trump, voted to prohibit the Governor from imposing restrictions.

Barrett was sworn in in October. Barrett’s appointment is a political victory for Trump and the Republicans, with six Republican presidential appointees on the Supreme Court and only three democratic appointees. The Supreme Court often puts an end to legal, social, and political issues. In 2000, the Supreme Court decided to suspend a recount in Florida de facto decided the presidential election outcome.