The president of the United States of America Donald Trump has called upon houses of worship to re-open.
This comes at a time when most countries under the lockdown and COVID-19 regulations churches are closed.
Even in Eswatini churches were closed and banned from opening, but after the ban lifting for churches only 20 congregants were allowed to gather for worship.
The president of the United States of America President Donald Trump on Friday speaking with reporters about coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House labeled churches and other houses of worship as “essential” and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen.
This is despite that some arrears remain under coronavirus lockdown.
Trump stressed the importance of churches in many communities and said he was “identifying houses of worship, churches, synagogues and mosques as essential places that provide essential services.”
Trump said some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential but not churches, he said. “It’s not right. So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential.”
“These are places that hold our society together and keep our people united,” he added.
While people are allowed to go to shopping malls and gather in shops it was mistake that people cannot be allowed to go to houses of worship.
According to the Associated Press (AP) the president threatened to “override” governors who defy him, but it was unclear what authority he has to do so.
“Governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now — for this weekend,” Trump said at a hastily arranged press conference at the White House. Asked what authority Trump might have to supersede governors, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said she wouldn’t answer a theoretical question.
Trump has been pushing for the country to reopen as he tries to reverse an economic free fall playing out months before he faces reelection. White evangelical Christians have been among the president’s most loyal supporters, and the White House has been careful to attend to their concerns throughout the crisis.
Following Trump’s announcement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines for communities of faith on how to safely reopen, including recommendations to limit the size of gatherings and consider holding services outdoors or in large, well-ventilated areas.
Public health agencies have generally advised people to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and encouraged Americans to remain 6 feet (1.8 meters) away from others when possible. Some parts of the country remain under some version of remain-at-home orders.
The associated press quoted Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, saying faith leaders should be in touch with local health departments and can take steps to mitigate risks, including making sure those who are at high risk of severe complications remain protected.
“There’s a way for us to work together to have social distancing and safety for people so we decrease the amount of exposure that anyone would have to an asymptomatic,” she said.
“The discrimination that has been occurring against churches and houses of worship has been shocking,” he said in a statement. “Americans are going to malls and restaurants. They need to be able to go to their houses of worship.”
The CDC more than a month ago sent the Trump administration documents the agency had drafted outlining specific steps various kinds of organizations, including houses of worship, could follow as they worked to reopen safely. But the White House dragged its feet, concerned that the recommendations were too specific and could give the impression the administration was interfering in church operations.