The Republican president did not issue a legal order requiring churches to open, even though he indicated that church reopenings were a requirement. He said he was correcting an “injustice” that churches have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. He called upon governors to open churches.
“If they don’t do it, I will override the governors,” Trump said during a White House news conference Friday.
Gov. Larry Hogan’s statewide order allows in-person religious services, so long as leaders keep attendance to 50% of the institution’s capacity, but gives local governments the ability to have stricter rules. The Republican governor’s office said Friday the order remains in place.
Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said he would be powerless if the Trump administration were to issue a legal order.
“But I will tell you this: Most of the ministers are smart enough to know whether it is safe to reopen," Young said during a news conference Friday.