"Some governors have deemed liquor stores & abortion clinics essential, but have left out churches, it's not right," says President Trump. "So I am correcting this injustice & am calling houses of worship essential. I call upon governors to allow churches & places of worship to open right now"
The Minnesota Catholic Conference has previously announced plans to defy Governor Walz's order and hold mass this weekend. They say that they have safety standards that they will follow according to Archbishop Bernard Hebda
"We have limited attendance to 1/3 the capacity of the church," said Hebda. "We'll probably be every third pew. Each person will be separated by six feet if you're not part of the same household. We're very attentive to what we're hearing from the Department of Health. They've discouraged public congregational singing, so we'll keep that to a minimum. We'll also make sure our mass is done expeditiously, it won't be a prolonged experience. The essentials will be there. When it comes to communion, we'll have to take some special precautions as well. We're grateful for collaboration with the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, making sure we're acting responsibly. We want to make sure we're not taking any unnecessary risks."
The Archbishop told The Morning News with Dave Lee that he hasn't been happy with Governor Walz's approach to faith-based organizations.
"As we were listening to the Governor speak, we were really discouraged that there wasn't a greater appreciation that faith-based organizations can play in a crisis like this," said Hebda. "We all have very real experiences with the very real nature of the coronavirus epidemic, so we aren't denying that at all. But we haven't been able to have mass for 8 weeks. It's really had an impact on our faithful.