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Wisconsin salon owner claims coronavirus shutdown order violates freedom of religion

May 14, 2020

By Morgan Gstalter

The owner of a faith-based hair salon in Wisconsin filed a federal lawsuit arguing the state’s coronavirus safer-at-home order violates her First Amendment rights to freedom of religion, speech and assembly, WBAY reported Wednesday.

The suit from Jessica Netzel, owner of Kingdom Kuts in Appleton, Wis., named defendants as Gov. Tony Evers (D), Appleton Police Chief Todd L. Thomas and Department of Health Services Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm.

Netzel claims that her hair salon, as the name implies, is a ministry.

The lawsuit states that there are spiritual references throughout the salon and Netzel “sincerely believes that she is to share her faith with others through her work at Kingdom Kuts.”

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