New York —
President Trump designated houses of worship as “essential” and ordered all to open, despite the coronavirus pandemic
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump authorized houses of worship on Friday to reopen their doors “right now”, this weekend, and threatened to suspend the authority of the governors if they do not allow it, which is not legally feasible because the decision rests with local and state entities.
At a press conference, Trump announced the designation as “essential places” of churches, synagogues and mosques, reason why at federal level they become crucial for the US in the context of the pandemic, a category that hospitals or food factories have also entered.
“Some governors have considered liquor stores or abortion clinics to be essential, but they left churches out. That is not right, so today I correct that injustice and I urge the governors to allow its opening right now, “Trump said.
The president threatened to suspend the authority of the governors if they do not allow it and ended his intervention by saying: “The United States needs more prayers, not less.”
Trump indicated that soon the government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) They will give more information on the recommendations to follow.
Despite the president’s threats, it is the state and county authorities who have the power to decide whether or not to resume economic and social activity in an area.
At the federal level, CDC is limited to issuing recommendations, that then the governors apply as they consider appropriate depending on how the pandemic affects their fellow citizens and the available hospital resources.
Although the decision rests with state and local authorities, the president has repeatedly called for “liberation” of those states with stricter measures of confinement, such as Michigan, governed by Democrats and key to the November presidential elections.
In March, Trump had the idea that it would be possible to reopen the US for Easter Sunday on April 12, and thatThat I could see “churches full” of people, but then he had to admit that it was not possible due to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
The United States remains the world’s largest focus of the pandemic with more than 1.5 million cases and at least 95,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.