President Trump Deems Houses Of Worship Essential, Calls For Their Reopening

Marta Zielinska
May 22, 2020 - 2:06 pm

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WASHINGTON (WCBS 880) — President Donald Trump has deemed churches and other houses of worship as "essential."

Delivering a brief statement Friday, the president said he is calling upon governors to allow churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship to open for this weekend.

"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," Trump said. "So I'm correcting this injustice in calling houses of worship essential. These are places that hold our society together and keep our people united, the people are demanding to go to church and synagogue, go to their mosque. Many millions of Americans embrace worship as an essential part of life."

Trump said he will override governors if they don't open houses of worship.

"The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important, essential places of faith to open right now," Trump said. "In America we need more prayer, not less."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is issuing reopening guidance for houses of worship.

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