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More than 1,200 pastors in California have it sign the petition who said they would restart services directly from May 31. It will oppose the state residence order, which is put in place to fight the spread of the new corona virus.
“We believe you are trying to act in the best interests of the country, but the boundaries have gone too far and too long,” attorney Robert Tyler, representing the pastors and thousands of churches and ministries they lead, write in a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom.
Under Newsom’s current plan, churches will be allowed to reopen in Phase 3. But the country is currently at the beginning of the Phase 2 road map to reopen. Newsom is already below pressure increases by state-based religious institutions to reopen.

“To restore the right balance between public safety and individual freedom, the scholars we represent have stated their intention to begin holding services in church privately starting on Sunday, May 31, 2020,” the letter said. “All services will be provided in accordance with the CDC and country guidelines for social distance as required from ‘important business.'”

Churches at the center reopened debates in the US

This petition emerged a few days after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted detailed guidelines page on how to reopen the United States. The guidelines reportedly triggered an internal debate between the CDC and the Office of the Civil Rights Division of the Ministry of Health and Human Services, which felt that faith-based organizations were targeted unfairly in the initial design.

Houses of worship were ultimately not included as part of the guidelines.

On Wednesday, Senior Advisor to President Kellyanne Conway said that the government was still working with the CDC on guidelines for these institutions.

President Donald Trump, speaking more broadly on Thursday, said one of the things he wanted to do to “normalize” life in the US was “make churches open.”

“Churches are not treated with respect by many Democratic governors,” Trump said. “I want to open our churches, and we will take a very strong position in that soon.”

Someone who was positive Covid-19 attended a church service and exposed 180 people, officials said

It also came one day after the Ministry of Justice sent a letter to Newsom warning him that the country’s plan to reopen in the midst of a church pandemic discriminated against by the church.

In a letter to Newsom, the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division wrote that the reopening plan, which allowed to return to restaurants and shopping centers in front of religious services, contained “unequal treatment from the religious community” which could run contrary to the First Amendment.

“The Department of Justice is not trying to dictate how States like California determine the level of activity and personal interaction that must be allowed to protect the safety of its citizens,” wrote assistant district attorney general Eric Dreiband. “However, we are accused of upholding the Constitution and protecting federal law for civil rights.”

“Whatever level of restrictions you adopt, the protection of these civil rights mandates equal treatment of people and activities that are secular and religious,” he added.

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The letter first reported by the Wall Street Journal, and the Newsom office did not immediately respond to requests for comment from CNN.
More than half of the territory in California move forward with plans to reopen their economies are apart from data showing that the state recorded the second highest daily corona virus death on Tuesday.

According to the Johns Hopkins University case count in the United States, there are at least 1,551,853 cases of the corona virus in the US and at least 93,439 people have died in the US due to the corona virus.

California currently has at least 85,997 cases of corona virus and 3,497 deaths.

David Shortell of CNN, Deborah Bloom, Nick Valencia, Jason Hoffman, Caroline Kelly and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.

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