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New Mexico church files suit over coronavirus restrictions

Legacy Church

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A church has filed a lawsuit against the state of New Mexico after houses of worship were removed from an exemption of a public health order limiting gatherings to no more than five people to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Albuquerque Journal reported that Legacy Church is seeking a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction against the order by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The lawsuit comes as hospitals in southern New Mexico have announced staff cuts and furloughs as they also deal with the fallout of the pandemic. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported that Memorial Medical Center announced Monday it would place 125 employees on temporary leave.