United States President Donald Trump on Friday declared 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.
As McEnany held the cheque to show it to the reporters on Friday, it not only had the Dollars 100,000 amount to be given to the HHS but also displayed the president's private bank account and routing numbers, The New York Times reported.
I hope governors do as the president asked and understand that people of faith do not meet at churches and other religious centers to simply fill a building.
The CDC recommends houses of worship limit the size of their gatherings, consider suspending choirs and limiting the sharing of objects such as religious texts or shared cups.
"I said, 'You better put it out.' And they're doing it", Trump said yesterday at a Ford Motor Co. plant repurposed to make ventilators in MI. The leader of Minnesota's Catholics, Archbishop Bernard Hebda, announced this week that churches under his authority would reopen despite an order from Governor Tim Walz barring gatherings of more than 10 people. He thus openly broke Ford's Return to Work Manufacturing Playbook rule that states: "Everyone is required to wear a Ford-provided face mask at all times upon entering the building" to prevent the spread of the virus.
Trump previously said he wanted churches to be reopened by Easter Sunday, on April 12, but that was dismissed by his own health experts, who said it was too risky.
"Some governors have deemed the liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential", the president said. "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".
Churches have the potential to infect large groups of people if precautions aren't taken. (Elsa/Getty Images) Worshipers who helped pack food Iftar, pray while maintaining social distancing during the month of Ramadan at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va. on April 28, 2020.
She has faced a strong backlash in recent weeks from anti-lockdown protesters, many of whom support Mr Trump. "The people are demanding to go to church and synagogue, go to their mosque", Trump said.
She also said she hoped MI voters "will remember this when November comes, that he didn't care enough about their safety, he didn't care about their welfare, he didn't respect them enough just to engage in the very simple task, the painless task, the easy task of wearing a mask when he was provided one".
The administration first shelved the documents but eventually released guidance for six other types of organisations, but not houses of worship. A Trump administration official had said there had been concerns about the propriety of the government interfering with the operation of places of worship.