NOTTINGHAM, MD—President Trump on Friday deemed places of worship as “essential” and said they must reopen immediately.
“Today I am identifying houses of worships and churches and synagogues and mosques as essential places that provide essential services,” the President said at a news conference on Friday afternoon. “Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics are essential but it left out churches and houses of worship. It is not right.”
“The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now–for this weekend,” Trump said. “If they don’t do it, I will override the governors.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released interim guidelines Friday for communities of faith that acknowledge “millions of Americans embrace worship as an essential part of life” but also warn that “gatherings present a risk for increasing the spread of COVID-19.”