A spokeswoman for the ministry of Paula White-Cain, the pastor who leads Trump's White House faith initiative, said earlier this week that at the moment Pentecost services at her Florida church were slated to be online-only.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had prepared a draft of reopening guidelines for churches and other houses of worship weeks ago that included measures like maintaining distance between parishioners and limiting the size of gatherings.
(Sterling, Va). - President Donald Trump is visiting one of his private golf clubs for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic. They love their congregations and their people. It has the input of lawyers with experience in religious freedom cases. Instead, it represents an increase from previous orders by the State of IN and Marion County IN the number of people that may assemble for public gatherings, including for religious services. Churches were not part of that guidance.
Houses of worship around the country on Friday got a presidential green light to open immediately. That was several days before Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak.
Despite the United States president bringing his own custom blue face mask with the presidential seal stamped on the front, Trump refused to put it on, telling reporters "I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it".
Some states have deemed churches "essential services" during the pandemic, but in other states - such as New York, Illinois and California - churches remain closed under order of the respective governor.
"I call upon governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now".
Dr. Birx asked the CDC to explore the issue. "The people are demanding to go to church and synagogue, go to their mosque", Trump said.
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She acknowledged that some details of the sweeping legislation expected to be rubber-stamped soon by the National People's Congress had yet to be decided.
The president then told the media he thought he looked better wearing the mask but was about to make a speech, which is why he had removed it. "But they're not going to be successful in that call". "We've got a good plan".
Meanwhile New Life Outreach Church in Chesterfield has been having drive-in services since the lockdown began.
Masses will be offered in churches at no more than 33% capacity, the bishops said, and with safety precautions. The participants included Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, and Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church. Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo said that churches would still reopen on May 30th, as previously scheduled. "I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it", he said, adding that he also wore goggles. Democrat governors doing this should be ashamed!
"We're going to safely reopen our country and our economy, and it's happening very rapidly", Trump told reporters at the start of a Cabinet meeting Tuesday.
"Our destiny, beyond the Earth, is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security", Trump said in a statement.
It's unclear to some state leaders what power Trump possesses to force them to allow churches to reopen.
"We will resume holding in-person masses and services in a limited capacity beginning on Tuesday, May 26, whether or not the governor has amended his executive order", Hebda said in a call with reporters.
"It's wonderful to sit home and watch something on a laptop, but it can never be the same as being in a church and being with your friends".