Trump’s demand that houses of worship reopen met with dire warnings

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President Donald Trump declared places of worship essential on Friday, claiming he would override any state governors who do not allow public indoor services to proceed. There has never been a ban on religious services per se, but many sites have offered remote or drive-in worship to comply with restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Public health experts point out the conditions present at many typical religious services make them potential superspreader events: people in close contact, handling communal objects and singing or shouting in a way that may allow more virus particles to enter the air.