Trump declares places of worship 'essential,' setting up standoff with governors

23 Mai, 2020, 00:32 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Trump emphasized, "I call upon governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now". The recommendations are voluntary.

Trump called on governors to open all places of worship "right now, this weekend".

Trump directed the CDC to issue guidance for faith communities to reopen for services ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

Trump added: "The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now".

Earlier this month, The Associated Press reported that top Trump administration officials had shelved documents that offered advice on reopening the country, saying that the recommendations wouldn't "see the light of day". Today I'm identifying housing of worship, churches, synagogues, and mosques, as essential places that provide essential services, some governors have identified as essential places that provide essential services.

Despite many churches holding services online, President Trump remarked Thursday that it was not the same as attending in person.

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In a longer statement, the mayor explained that the city is still under a stay at home order and city officials have worked hard to educate constituents about the importance of social distancing and staying home, only leaving for an essential reason.

"Here [in New Jersey], the doors are locked and you can not go in for private prayer on your own, much less an organized prayer service or a Catholic Mass", Napolitano said.

"Our people want to go back to church on Sundays", Trump said during an appearance in Michigan Thursday.

He went on to say that "These are places that hold our society together and keep our people united. The ministers, pastors, rabbis, imams and other faiths leaders will make sure that their congregations are safe as they gather and pray". "It sends a bad, bad message to the citizens of Baltimore because I'm asking them to stay home and only come out for essential reasons", Baltimore Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young told CNN's "Inside Politics" on Friday.

Both Catholics and Lutherans in Minnesota, for example, appealed to Governor Tim Walz this week to relax the lockdown and signaled they would begin congregating in defiance of his orders. He said if governors don't abide by his request, he will "override" them, though it is unclear what authority he has to do so.

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