Opinion Trump calls on churches to reopen this weekend
Washington state bishops respond to Trump's push to reopen churches: 'We will wait'
Bishops from the Washington State Catholic Conference responded to President Trump's calls on state governors to reopen churches, saying, "We will wait.""We want to let you know the public celebration of Mass was suspended, not out of fear, but out of our deepest respect for human life and health," reads a Friday statement signed by several bishops in a "unified response.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday said he has deemed churches and other houses of worship “essential" and called on governors to allow them to reopen this weekend despite the threat of the coronavirus.
“Today I’m identifying houses of worship — churches, synagogues and mosques — as essential places that provide essential services," Trump said during a hastily arranged press conference Friday. He said if governors don't abide by his request, he will “override" them, though it's unclear what authority he has to do so.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had prepared reopening guidelines for churches and other houses of worship weeks ago, but the White House had refused to release them until Thursday when Trump abruptly changed course.
“I said ‘You better put it out.’ And they’re doing it,” Trump said Thursday at a Ford Motor Co. plant repurposed to make ventilators in Michigan. “And they’re going to be issuing something today or tomorrow on churches. We got to get our churches open.”
Cuomo: Increase in coronavirus cases expected as New York reopens .
"You're going to see an increase in the numbers, but you don't want to see a spike," Cuomo said at his daily coronavirus briefing.Over 348,000 people in the state have now tested positive for the virus, with 2,419 new positives reported on Friday, according to the state's health department.