On Friday, the President trump announced that all houses of worship will be considered “core services”, and called on governors “to do the right thing” and immediately open them. It is reported by the New York Post.
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“If you have any questions, they will have to call me, but they did not get through”, he said.
“The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important places of faith to open right now, this weekend. If they do not, I will cancel the decision of the governors. In America we need more prayer, not less,” concluded trump before leaving the briefing.
Dr. Deborah birx of the Coronavirus of the working group a few moments later stated that, although the President wants this weekend was the temples, some may want to wait to protect their communities.
“We want people to be protected. I know what house of worship you want to protect them. Maybe they can’t go this week, with an increase in the number of cases COVID. Maybe they wait another week,” said birx.
On the question of what powers the President will use to “cancellation decision” of the governors press Secretary Kaylee Makineni called the question “hypothetical”.
“Are you suggesting that governors will close churches and mosques. This is a hypothetical question,”she said, adding that he believes that “religious communities [open] again”.
She also pointed to guidelines of the Centers for control and prevention of diseases relating to the opening of the temples.
“There is a detailed guide on how you can clean their facilities and to promote social distancing, so we have to consider. We call on religious communities to re-open and do it in a safe way”, – said Makineni.
On Thursday, trump said that he plans to take a “very strong position” for the opening of the Church, as the country struggles with the coronavirus pandemic, which to date has killed at least 95, 000 Americans.
“One of the things I want to do is to open the Church, said trump reporters on Thursday near the White house. – The churches are treated with respect many governors-Democrats. I want to open the Church, and we’re going to take a very strong position on this issue very soon. … Including the mosque.”
Trump’s comments came after Chicago began fining the Church for conducting services that do not comply with the orders of the Governor-Democrat John. B. Pritzker, urging to stay home.
Chicago police Department told Fox News that the three churches will be fined for the services that were held on Sunday.
Some of the churches which were opened, were closed again after the congregation was infected with coronavirus.
The Church in Georgia, opened a few weeks ago, has again closed its doors after several families became ill COVID-19.
Baptist tabernacle Catus in Ringgold greeted the faithful in the temple on April 26 after closing in connection with the pandemic. Two weeks later, on may 11, Church leaders announced plans to suspend service after several members tested positive for the coronavirus.