President Donald Trump, eager for churches to resume in-person fellowship as part of his bigger push to reopen the country, said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be releasing a "very strong" recommendation for places of worship.
"We want our churches open, we want places of faith, synagogues, we want them open," he said during a Memorial Day ceremony Friday.
The CDC this week issued reopening guidelines for schools, small businesses, restaurants, childcare facilities, and public transport. According to media reports, the White House was unhappy with the CDC guidelines for reopening churches because they were too restrictive.
Trump has been urging the CDC to issue guidance specific to places of worship as soon as possible.
Speaking at the ceremony, Trump said he says churches should be considered essential, similar to grocery stores.
"I consider them essential and that's one of the things we're saying, we're going to make that essential you know they have places essential that aren't essential," he said.