Yet if that happens, President Donald Trump said this week he will not call for another round of similar measures to stem the spread of the disease.
Mr. Trump said some blue states declared abortion clinics to be essential amid the pandemic, yet not houses of worship.
"It's not right", Mr. "I am correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential". "Lot of people in that room go to those places of worship and would like to go back, I'm one of them". He said if governors don't abide by his request, he will "override" them, though it's unclear what authority he has to do so. "In America, we need more prayer, not less", Mr.
Michigan's Democrat governor Gretchen Whitmer is seen as a potential vice presidential running mate for Joe Biden, the presumptive Democrat nominee.
Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House's coronavirus task force, said faith leaders should speak with local health departments about reopening and that people with high-risk factors in places with a high number of cases should consider waiting awhile.
United States President Donald Trump on Friday declared churches and other houses of worship "essential" and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend despite the threat of spreading the coronavirus.
Roman Catholic and Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregations in Minnesota plan to resume worship services in defiance of the state's ban on gatherings of more than 10 people. (Elsa/Getty Images) Worshipers who helped pack food Iftar, pray while maintaining social distancing during the month of Ramadan at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va. on April 28, 2020.
As states open up, churches are figuring out how to hold services with adequate spacing in the pews or other safeguards against infection.
Church events were the source of community outbreaks in Georgia and Arkansas earlier this year.
Scientists also say choirs, in particular, are susceptible to transmission of COVID-19 due to the mechanics of packing together, emitting particles while singing and breathing in deeply. "The act of singing may contribute to transmission of COVID-19, possibly through emission of aerosols".
Meanwhile, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited the state of Georgia, where he had lunch with the governor at a reopened cafe. "It's very important for your average person to understand this is not a best practice", Velasquez said. "We are getting there". "That's not right", he said.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are some 1.6 million cases in the USA and about 96,000 COVID-19 deaths.
"I think the intransigence on this makes me feel that undergirding some of this is really animus against religion", Barr said.