President Trump announced today that the federal government deems places of worship to be essential and that he would override governors that don’t allow them to open. Whether he can actually do that is another question.
He decried that some states have their liquor stores open while not allowing places of worship to open.
Of course essential doesn’t necessarily mean safe.
Prolonged indoor exposure is simply riskier than other activity.
Orthodox Jews are particularly at risk due to tight knit communities with communal prayers 3 times a day.
That being said, with proper precautions and protocols, like wearing a mask and social distancing, those risks should be able to be minimized.
What precautions will your house of worship take and how will they be enforced?
HT: Leon F.