United States —
May 22, 2020 6:19 PM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. US President Donald Trump authorized churches on Friday to reopen their doors “right now” during 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 corresponds to local and state entities.
Through a press conference, Trump designated churches, synagogues and mosques as “essential places”.
Those places will now have the same category as hospitals or food factories.
“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 urge governors to allow it to open right now,” he said. Trump.
The president threatened to suspend the authority of the governors if they do not allow it and ended his intervention saying: “The United States needs more prayers, not less.”
Trump indicated that soon the government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 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, the CDC is limited to issuing recommendations, which the governors then apply as they deem appropriate, depending on how the pandemic affects their fellow citizens and the available hospital resources.