Trump Urges Governors to Let Places of Worship Reopen 'Right Now'

President Donald Trump on Friday urged USA state governors to allow places of worship to reopen immediately, as the country moves gradually towards a lifting of COVID-19 lockdown measures.

"Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics is essential, but have left out churches and other houses of worship, it's not right".

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While Trump did not offer details on what that "very strong position" might entail, he could be referring to an expansion of work his Justice Department (DOJ) is already doing to restore the right of religious Americans' to gather in person for worship services. "We want our churches open, we want our places of faith, synagogues, we want them open", Trump said then.

Trump's push to return churchgoers to pews that have been empty for weeks comes just days after churches in Georgia and Texas, both states with Republican governors, announced that they would close again after experiencing acute outbreaks of the virus after they opened.

He blamed Democrat governors for keeping churches closed. "I want to get our churches open, and we're going to take a very strong position on that very soon", he added.

A Trump administration official told CNBC that the White House wanted a more federal approach to the guidelines.

Trump's comments came after Chicago began fining churches for holding services that do not comply with Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker's statewide stay-at-home order.

Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle in Ringgold welcomed worshipers back into the sanctuary April 26 after shutting down in response to the pandemic, the Christian Post reported.