Coronavirus, from factories to restaurants: the green light in the 50 states
As on other occasions, the threat has no constitutional basis because it applies to matters falling within the competence of individual states. But the gesture has a strong media resonance: it puts the governors before the uncomfortable alternative of bowing to the diktat of the White House, or of dissatisfying masses of intolerant faithful after two months of suspension of rites and religious assemblies. The president seasoned his announcement with a controversy: “There are some governors who have called alcohol stores or abortion clinics essential services, but have excluded churches. It’s not right. I correct this injustice and define places of worship as essential. Governors must reopen them immediately. ” He said Centers for Disease Control, the federal epidemic authority, will disclose new rules on reopening by including religious services among those that can begin again immediately.
Trump’s announcement was later corrected by his own collaborators. Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the leaders of the White House health task force, urged leaders of religious communities to contact “local health authorities to communicate with their faithful.” The health expert added that “the churches want to protect the faithful from the infection, perhaps they will not be able to reopen immediately if the coronavirus numbers are still high”. He added the recommendation to respect distances even if religious celebrations and gatherings resume.
America in the square, from Texas to Illinois. Armed just to reopen