The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of plaintiffs’ free-exercise claims against Kentucky’s governor, stemming from the barring of in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, concluding he had qualified immunity and was shielded from liability.

A group of churches, private religious schools, affiliated pastors, and parents who sued on behalf of themselves and their minor children brought suit against Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear in his individual capacity after barring in-person learning during a COVID-19 transmission surge in the winter of 2020.

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