President Donald Trump has declared churches and other places of worship are considered “essential services.” Across the country, houses of worship were closed by governments during the coronavirus pandemic.

The president declared “houses of worship, churches, synagogues and mosques” to be “essential places that provide essential services.”

“Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out churches and other houses of worship,” Trump said. “It’s not right. So, I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship ‘essential.’”

“I’m call governors upon governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now,” he said during a press availability at the White House on Friday afternoon.

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