Trump threatened to "override" governors who defy him, but it was unclear what authority he has to do so. Governors of both parties maintained the decision to lift coronavirus restrictions, including church closures, rests with them.
Churches, mosques and synagogues in
"While we have read the president's comments, there's no order and we think he understands at this point that he can't dictate what states can or cannot open," Inslee's office said in a statement Friday, adding that state officials are communicating with faith leaders about plans to reopen.
"We're anxious to get back together, but we're not so anxious that we're going to go just because
During a news conference Friday, Trump called it an "injustice" that some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics essential but not churches.
Eklof said that's a bad comparison because some churches hold hundreds or even thousands of people in close proximity.
"Churches are very different," he said. "They are a breeding ground for the passage of illnesses because not only are people in a closed setting and they're sitting close to each other, but they're very friendly, and they like to shake hands, and they like to hug, and they like to speak face to face."
"In light of those statements, we are advising our churches to continue to abide by the mandates of their state and local governments," Jones said.
When the time comes to reopen, Jones said Adventist churches will take precautions to prevent the virus from spreading.
"We've prepared guidelines on how to wipe down pews and handles ... and, at this point, we're advising not to have children's classes," Jones said.
Meanwhile in a Facebook video,
Peters also leads boisterous anti-abortion protests outside the
"Who's the rebel now? Who are you going to submit to now?" Peters said in the video. "Listen, the church should not have waited for
Palmquist said the diocese was aiming to release an update on that plan early next week.
"People are clamoring. They really want to get back to service, so with extreme caution and with all protocols in place, we plan on reopening," Kendricks said.
Congregants, he said, will be urged to use common sense.
"If you're sick, stay at home. If you don't feel well, stay at home," he said. "When you come into the sanctuary, make sure your hands are clean. We won't be hugging and shaking hands and all that good stuff. We will observe proper distancing to the degree that we can."
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