DENVER (CBS4)– Pres. Donald Trump says churches and other houses of worship are essential and ordered them open. He said that if the governors don’t abide by his request, he will override them.

US President Donald Trump leaves after speaking to the press on May 22, 2020, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC. – Trump on Friday urged US state governors to allow places of worship to reopen immediately, as the country moves gradually towards a lifting of COVID-19 lockdown measures. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP via Getty Images)

“The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now for this weekend. If they don’t do it, I will override the governors,” said Trump.

In Colorado, churches are allowed to be open under the safer-at-home guidelines. The houses of worship must abide by social distancing and congregate in groups of less than 10.

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Many mosques, synagogues and other places of worship have yet to reopen in Colorado as they assess how to do it safely.

The Office of Gov. Jared Polis released this statement on Friday, “Under Safer At Home, Colorado’s churches and places of worship are already successfully operating safely in-person and virtually. The Governor has been engaged with the faith community throughout this pandemic. The Governor spoke with Archbishop Aquila earlier this week and thanked him for the continuing dispensation from receiving communion as well as the precautions they have taken about resuming in-person communion. He rejoices that Coloradans celebrate our faith, and limited in-person religious gathering will continue to be conducted in as safe a way as possible while honoring the sanctity of life for parishioners by following state and local health orders as well as the important guidance that the faith community is putting together with health officials. The Governor celebrates that for many Coloradans, our faith and spiritual community are critical to our well-being, especially in a time of crisis. The Governor continues to join leaders of all faiths in urging individuals over age 65 to remain at home whenever possible and enforce social distancing and safety protocols consistent with state law and health guidance at religious observances that occur during this global pandemic.”

The Archdiocese of Denver released this statement: We have always believed that places of worship are essential for the freedom of worship in a civil society.

The Archdiocese of Denver, including Archbishop Aquila, have been involved in discussions with Governor Polis, his advisors and other faith leaders to help establish guidelines and protocols that would safely allow for increased attendance at places of worship for people who feel comfortable attending a religious service.

As restrictions are eased with regards to other areas of society, particular attention should be given to places of worship to allow them to serve the spiritual and emotional needs of their people.

The Archdiocese resumed limited public Masses two weeks ago, but we continue to encourage anyone who is in an at-risk group or who simply is not ready to attend public gatherings to stay home.

Comments (2)
  1. Michael Steel says:

    Newsflash for the Sociopath in Chief – you don’t have the authority to “order” churches opened. It is disgusting to see this obscene, vile man who is about as far from being a Christian as possible pretend to give a damn about worship. Where was he yesterday? Golfing! God is everywhere, you don’t need to put your health at risk to honor him. The Churches that are rushing to open are doing so because they are desperate for money. Their Pastor has payments to make on his Mercedes and $5 million house. Pastors who love and care for their flock are in no hurry.

  2. Most churches have more than 10 people. Just the pastors, staff and worship team would be almost 10 people, leaving no room for congregants. Lots of churches have the space to abide by the 6 foot social distance rule, and best practices. Why can’t Colorado up the number allowed, like to at least 50 as businesses and retail are allowed to? That is the question I would like answered. Also lots of businesses and retail are open 7 days a week, for long hours, with hundreds of people. Churches usually meet on Sundays, and occasionally during the week. There is far less risk of exposure than businesses open more days with higher traffic, and most have the room to meet safely. Just saying. Prayer and praise are essential.

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