May 24, 2020
After weeks of butting heads with the Trump administration over pandemic guidance, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued guidance on Friday for the reopening of religious institutions.
“Gathering together for worship is at the heart of many faith traditions,” reads a statement from the CDC.
“Because there are several published reports of COVID-19 outbreaks sparked by large gatherings, both non-religious and religious in nature, the recommendations released today will help guide faith communities while respecting their fundamental right to gather for worship.”
The revised guidance comes after President Trump told a Michigan roundtable on Thursday “I said, ‘You better put it out,’” – one day before calling an impromptu press conference where he announced that places of worship would be deemed “essential,” and called for their reopening.
Trump said that he would “override” governors who keep places of worship closed.
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This article was posted: Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 2:43 am