An administrative court in France has overturned a government ban on meetings in churches.
The case underscored broader tensions in coronavirus-affected Europe over religious freedom amid the ongoing pandemic.
France’s Council of State ordered the government to lift the ban on worship gatherings within eight days.
Worthy News reports officials had defended the measure saying it was needed to curb the coronavirus outbreak.
But the court called the policy “disproportionate in nature.”
It stressed that the ban had caused in its words “damage that was seriously and manifestly illegal.”
More than 28,000 people have died in France from COVID-19.