Featured News Donald Trump tells US governors to let places of...

-

- Advertisment -

Donald Trump tells US governors to let places of worship reopen ‘right now’

Featured News Donald Trump tells US governors to let places of worship reopen ‘right...

US President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 17, 2020, in Washington, DC. (AFP-Jim Watson)

United States President, Donald Trump, on Friday demanded that US state governors allow places of worship to reopen immediately, as the country moves gradually towards a lifting of COVID-19 lockdown measures.

“Today I am identifying houses of worship — churches, synagogues, and mosques — as essential places that provide essential services,” Trump told a news conference at the White House.

“The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now, for this weekend,” Trump said.

“If they don’t do it, I will override the governors. In America, we need more prayer, not less.”

Establishing what constitutes essential services has been a prerogative of state and local officials, rather than the federal government, and many have restricted houses of worship from holding group services to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

In some areas, churches have opened under strict social distancing rules, while in others, pastors and priests have held services outdoors, with worshippers staying in their cars.

But Trump said houses of worship should be allowed to open just like other places that were designated essential services — including drug stores, restaurants, supermarkets, hospitals and health clinics, as well as stores that sell alcohol.

“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.

There has been debate in some states over allowing facilities providing abortion services, like those operated by Planned Parenthood, to stay open during the COVID-19 shutdown.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Recent Updates

Frank Lampard hits back at Jose Mourinho over Carabao Cup comments

Frank Lampard appears to have little sympathy for Jose Mourinho after the Tottenham manager slammed his side’s fixture schedule...

Strike: APC hails federal government, organised labour over truce

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended the decision of organised labour to shelve its planned industrial action...

Group plans $50 million ICT hub in Ondo

A political research and development think-tank group, Pentagon Movement Group (PMG), on Sunday, disclosed that discussions are currently ongoing...

UNICEF urges safe reopening of school

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has called on governments at all levels to prevent the spread of COVID-19...
- Advertisement -

Kevin-Prince Boateng join Monza from Fiorentina

Serie B club Monza have completed the permanent signing of Kevin-Prince Boateng on a one-year deal from Fiorentina.The deal...

Liverpool pair doubtful for Arsenal clash at Anfield

Liverpool duo Alisson and Thiago Alcantara are in a race against time to be fit for Monday evening’s clash...
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you