CDC Releases Reopening Guidelines For Religious Worship As Trump Says Churches ‘Essential’

Sunday, 24 May, 2020

The White House didn't immediately respond to questions from the pool reporter traveling with the president.

NPR reported that Ford had issued a statement from its Chairman - Bill Ford - in which it was clarified that Trump had been encouraged to wear a face mask when he arrives at the plant and while he did have one on for some time before proceeding to remove it. It has the input of lawyers with experience in religious freedom cases.

Earlier this week, the CDC released guidance on reopening child care centers, schools, restaurants, mass transit systems and other businesses. And on Friday, he announced the state is increasing its limit for outdoor gatherings from 10 to 25 people - including for churches - as signs continue to show the outbreak is slowing here. However, calling churches "essential" in the administration's "messaging" on the guidance was reportedly discussed.

Donald Trump has been pictured going golfing for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak started ramping up on USA soil - but failed to practice social distancing with his golf buddies.

"State governors don't work for Trump and he can't "override" them via presidential decree", Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, said in a tweet. "We're going to put out the fires".

"They [Ford] knew exactly what the order was and if they permitted anyone, even the president of the United States, to defy that order, I think it has serious health consequences potentially to their workers". Unlike the president, these guidelines don't specify a timeline for church reopening, saying instead that places of worship should "be guided by what is feasible, practical, and acceptable, and tailored to the needs and traditions of each community of faith".

White evangelical Christians have been among the most loyal members of the president's base, and the White House has been careful to attend to religious communities' concerns over the course of the crisis, including holding numerous conference calls with them.

"I call upon governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now".

Trump previously said he wanted churches to be reopened by Easter Sunday, on April 12, but that was dismissed by his own health experts, who said it was too risky.

On Thursday, however, Trump spoke several other times of his desire to see churches open again soon. "And they're going to be issuing something today or tomorrow on churches. We got to get our churches open". It has already infected more than 1.5 million people and killed more than 94,000 across the country, according to Johns Hopkins University data. However, beginning in mid-April, dioceses have begun resuming the offering of public Masses.