NYC Mayor pushes back on reopening churches, calls it "dangerous"

by Jordyn Pair · May 27th, 2020 3:20 pm
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has pushed back on President Trump's insistence on reopening churches and other places of worship during the pandemic, calling the move "dangerous."

"With all due respect to the president, the president left the impression on Friday that any and all religious services should start again," de Blasio said Tuesday during a coronavirus press briefing. "I'm saying very clearly that is dangerous. It is not time to restart large gatherings of any kind even though we deeply, deeply value faith."

New York state currently limits all social gatherings to 10 people or less.

Trump reiterated on Monday that places of worship are "essential services" and should be open.

"I'll override any governor that wants to play games," Trump said during a news conference on Tuesday. "We have many different ways to override them."

De Blasio said reopening churches wold "endanger everyone."

"We're really making progress when it comes to this disease. But it is not time for large gatherings. It is not time to take the risk of going in the wrong direction. So I want to thank all our partners, our faith leaders," he said. "We're going to keep communicating constantly. We're going to look for every opportunity to support your efforts to restart [the] right way. But I want to thank our faith leadership for their clear resolve that we will do things all in the right time."


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