Pressing states to swiftly drop their restrictions related to the Coronavirus, President Donald Trump on Friday declared that houses of worship were 'essential' to communities, calling on governors to immediately allow religious gatherings this weekend, ending weeks of restrictions due to the threat of the Coronavirus.
In a hastily called statement in the White House Briefing Room, the President said religious services are needed to 'help hold our society together.'
"Many millions of Americans embrace worship as an essential part of life," President Trump told reporters.
"We want our places of faith, our synagogues, we want them open," Mr. Trump declared.
“Today I am identifying houses of worship - churches, synagogues and mosques - as essential places that provide essential services,” the President told reporters.
“Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out churches and other houses of worship,” Mr. Trump added.
GOP lawmakers in Congress praised the President's call.
"This is the correct decision," said Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX), "churches and other houses of worship are an important part of the fabric of American life."
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