I thank the president for working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to add houses of worship to its list of essential institutions and for calling on state governors to allow them to open their doors. Some religious leaders took issue with Trump's declaration that houses of worship are "essential" and should resume in-person services this weekend.
I hope governors do as the president asked and understand that people of faith do not meet at churches and other religious centers to simply fill a building. "It's not right. I call upon governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now". "They're not only a nice prop onstage, but they also omit the sensitive account information that normally appears at the bottom", he said.
On Friday, Mr Trump stressed the importance of churches in many communities and took issue with some of the businesses that had been allowed to reopen.
Rain dampened the start of the holiday weekend in the northeastern USA, where newly reopened beaches had been expected to attract throngs of people and test the effectiveness of social distancing rules.
IN state law expressly permits MCPHD to order churches and schools closed and forbid public gatherings when considered necessary to prevent and stop epidemics. They go on to recommend limited gathering sizes, wearing cloth face coverings when social distancing isn't possible and holding services outdoors in well-ventilated areas. "Churches are doing a good job" adapting to necessary public health constraints, he said, "but I do think it's time for the country to reopen".
"I saw a scene today where people are trying to break into a church to go into the church - not to break in and steal something, to break in - they want to be in their church", Trump said on Thursday afternoon.
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Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House's coronavirus task force, said faith leaders should speak with local health departments about reopening and that people with high-risk factors in places with a high number of cases should consider waiting awhile.
"I'm a mother, if I don't go out and sell, my children won't have food to eat".
With Memorial Day on Monday, more states are lifting restrictions to allow people to celebrate the holiday.
The CDC more than a month ago sent the Trump administration documents the agency had drafted outlining specific steps various kinds of organisations could follow as they work to reopen safely.
"In America, we need more prayer, not less", Trump said at a White House press conference.
The U.S. had more than 95,000 coronavirus deaths and 1.5 million confirmed cases as of Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.