President Donald Trump on Friday urged U.S. state governors to allow places of worship to reopen immediately, as the country moves gradually towards a lifting of COVID-19 lockdown measures. "I consider them essential, and that's one of the things we are saying", Trump said.
When asked directly if she thought it was safe to reopen churches and other places of worship, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said it is safe if those institutions follow CDC guidelines. Churches have faced restrictions for gatherings and ceremonies as public health officials worked to stop the spread of the virus.
"It's not right", Trump said.More news: Tiger Woods: What's in the bag for coronavirus relief match
Trump called on governors to open all places of worship "right now, this weekend".
"We can all hope that this Sunday, people are allowed to pray to their gods across this country", she said.More news: Hydroxychloroquine shows no coronavirus benefit, raises death risk
President Donald Trump once again expressed his desire to get the United States and especially churches back to normal, hinting to reporters that his administration may have action on the subject in the works. White evangelicals have been among Trump's strongest supporters.
During his Friday announcement, Trump noted that liquor stores and abortion clinics had been allowed to remain open during the near nation-wide shutdown because they qualified as "essential" services but churches didn't.
Birx also encouraged people to enjoy the outdoors during the Memorial Day weekend, including going to beaches, golfing or playing tennis, as long as 6-feet of social distancing is maintained.More news: Wuhan bans eating wild animals as virus drives a crackdown in China