After months of being locked out, worshippers began gathering for modified in-person Sunday services. One America’s Grayce Rust has more.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has said he expects to provide plans on reopening churches by Monday amid mounting pressure from President Trump. On Friday, he stated he looks forward to reopening houses of worship in a safe and responsible manner.
President Trump has stated governors need to let faith leaders reopen places of worship this weekend. He made the remarks at the White House on Friday, when he deemed churches, synagogues and mosques as “essential places that provide essential services.”
President Trump recently announced CDC guidelines on reopening places of worship could be announced by Friday. On Thursday, the president reiterated the importance of churches and claimed the country will be “broken” if they remain closed.
More than 1,200 religious leaders in California will be reopening their places of worship to hold in-person services on May 31st, despite Governor Gavin Newsom’s temporary ban on religious gatherings.
Thousands of California church leaders have announced they will reopen, even if they have to defy state orders to do so. This week, a group of Oakland based pastors said they will open their congregations on May 31st, despite Governor Gavin Newsom’s extended stay-at-home order.