President Trump calls on governors to allow churches and places of worship to reopen.
May 23, 2020
Nearly all of places of worship have been closed in the U.S. during the past few weeks in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, yet questionable services like liquor stores, vape shops, and abortion clinics have been allowed to remain open.
With more and more states re-opening businesses by lifting lockdown orders, Donald Trump announced on Friday that he is asking governors to “do the right thing” and re-open Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and other places of worship under a new guidance issued by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC new guideline, which was prepared at Trump’s direction, would require worshipers to still practice hygiene, social distance, and wear a face mask whenever necessary.
“Today I’m identifying houses of worship; churches, synagogues, and mosques as essential places that provide essential services,” President Trump said on Friday’s press briefing.
“Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out churches and other houses of worship. It’s not right. So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential,” Trump declared.
The president is calling on governors to allow this decision to become effective immediately. “If there’s any questions they’re going to have to call me but they’re not going to be successful in that call,” he warned to those that may object.
“These are places that hold our society together and keep our people united. The people are demanding to go to church and synagogue and to their mosque,” Trump said, describing religion as “an essential part of life.”
Trump stated that religious leaders will ensure the safety of their congregations by following new guidelines. “They love their people,” Trump said, “they don’t want anything bad to happen to them or to anybody else.”
Taking a strong stance on his decision, Trump cautioned governors that “if they don’t do it, I will override the governors.” Trump said that “in America we need more prayer, not less.”