President Donald Trump deems places of worship ‘essential’ during coronavirus pandemic

President Donald Trump deems places of worship ‘essential’ during coronavirus pandemic
Social distancing protections are displayed before a press conference with the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, at Our Saviour Parish in Manhattan regarding the reopening of churches in the archdiocese amid the coronavirus pandemic on May 21, 2020 in New York City. Dolan, who was joined by other faith leaders at the news conference, outlined preparations for the gradual reopening of 288 churches in the New York City area. Some of the changes at churches will include no distribution of Holy Communion, a distribution of masks, the regular regularly disinfection of pews and signage at entrance doors instructing anyone with fever or flu-like symptoms not to enter the church. Maximum occupancy will be 25% of capacity and hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance of the church. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump announced he is deeming places of worship “essential” during the coronavirus pandemic, meaning churches are now allowed to reopen.

Many local churches delivered services online or facilitated drive-in style services with worshippers parked in their cars.

Trump urged houses of prayer to reopen as early as this weekend.

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He said he is upset that some states have told liquor stores they could stay open, but told churches they needed to close.

The president said he needed to step in and fix it.

“The people are demanding to go to church and synagogue. Go to the mosque. Many millions of Americans embrace worship as an essential part of life. The ministers, pastors, rabbis and imams and other faith leaders will make sure that their congregations are safe as they gather and pray,” Trump said.

Plans have been put in place for different houses of worship, but even with the president’s announcement, some faith leaders are holding off. Some worship centers have said they’ll continue online or drive-in services for the time being, while others are asking constituents to wear masks to in-person services.