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Should places of worship reopen to the public?

In late May, President Donald Trump called on state governors to reopen places of worship. Since March, most religious buildings have shuttered their doors and replaced typical gatherings with virtual services. Passover, Ramadan and Easter are just some of the religious holidays that have taken place during the COVID-19 pandemic, and followers largely observed these occasions from home, rather than in places of worship. Nevertheless, as the United States begins to reopen certain businesses with restrictions in place, some believe places of worship should be among those first reopened to the public. What do you think?

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President Trump believes that new guidelines from the CDC indicate religious buildings can reopen their doors. According to The Wall Street Journal's Gordon Lubold and Catherine Lucey, Trump claims he can override governors' decisions, should they choose to keep houses of worship closed for the time being: 

“I call upon the governors to allow our churches or places of worship to open,” Mr. Trump said at a hastily scheduled appearance in the White House briefing room Friday. “If they don’t do it, I will override the governors.”

The CDC lays out important steps for places of worship to follow before allowing services to resume: 

The CDC guidelines issued Friday lay out a series of recommendations for houses of worship around social distancing, cleaning practices and using face covers. They also suggest limiting shared items like hymnals or communion cups and stress the need for a plan should someone become ill.
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Some people believe it is still too early to reopen places of worship. Many religious services involve attendees gathering close together, sharing materials and singing—all of which can help spread the virus. NPR's Michel Martin discussed reopening with two religious leaders. According to Imam Rizwan Ali, the religious director at the Islamic Center of Naperville in Naperville, Ill., a recommendation to reopen houses of worship is much too early. When asked whether or not he is tempted to reopen, Ali replies:

Actually, no until we can guarantee that it's safe for our congregants because the responsibility from a religious perspective - we believe that's a responsibility that we have to God to make sure that our congregants can pray in a safe manner - you know, maintaining social distance and to make sure all the mechanisms are in place to make sure that everyone is safe while being able to worship. And until we can guarantee that and do whatever is within our capacity, I think we're going to have to remain closed until we can verify that - guarantee that.

Martin also refers to Reverend Thomas McKenzie, who serves at the Church of the Redeemer in Nashville, Tenn. McKenzie believes the decision to reopen places of worship should happen at the local level, not on a national scale: 

...this is not a situation that needs to be dealt with on a nationwide scale. It needs to be done locally. And I think every locality has its own set of circumstances.
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