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CBC News 22 May 2020

Donald Trump declares places of worship 'essential'


U.S. President Donald Trump has called on governors to allow places of worship to open this weekend. Trump says he will "override" governors who refuse, though he didn't say under what authority he would do so.

President Donald Trump says he considers houses of worship "essential" and is calling on state governors to allow them to reopen this weekend. The president described houses of worship as "essential places that provide essential services." (May 22)
President Trump held a news conference to announce that places of worship should be identified as "essential" and called on governors to allow their reopening amid the coronavirus outbreak. Aired on 5/22/2020.
President Trump announced during a White House press conference that houses of worship are essential. They will now be able to host services despite local shutdown orders.
President Donald Trump declared places of worship essential on Friday, claiming he would override any state governors who do not allow public indoor services to proceed. There has never been a ban on religious services per se, but many sites have offered remote or drive-in worship to comply with restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Public health experts point out the conditions present at many typical religious services make them potential superspreader events: people in close contact, handling

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