Trump deems churches ‘essential,’ calls for them to reopen

JILL COLVIN and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he has deemed churches and other houses of worship "essential" and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend despite the threat of spreading 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 at the White House, where he didn't take questions. 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 a draft of reopening guidelines for churches and other houses of worsh
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