Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas, has signed a legislation that bars government agencies and other officials in the state to forcefully close churches and other worship houses, Fox News informed.
Abbott revealed this over a tweet on Tuesday, vowing that freedoms that derive from the First Amendment would be put under protection in the state by barring the government agencies to issue orders that are aimed to close places of worship.
He added that freedom of religion that derives from the First Amendment should never be infringed.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Abbott in 2020 issued an order that closed every organization in Texas, including the places of worship, which were considered nonessential.
The governor was then sued and religious leaders encouraged him to open the places of worship and deem them essential. After that, Abbot reversed the executive order.