Bishop Daly says Trump’s call to open places of worship this weekend is ‘unrealistic’

Thomas Daly appointed bishop of Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. — Bishop Thomas Daly of Spokane’s Archdiocese said President Donald Trump’s indication that churches should be open for worship this weekend is “unrealistic.”

On Friday, the president announced his administration is issuing guidance deeming places of worship as essential operations during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Reverend Daly responded to the announcement in a Twitter thread.

“While the President’s sentiments are welcome to many people of faith, the reality is that it is Friday. Implementing parish safety plans by tomorrow is unrealistic,” Rev. Daly said.

Rev. Daly sad he asked local pastors to maintain current practices for the next few days and hoped to provide further direction by Tuesday.

“I will continue consulting with local health experts and the bishops of Washington State as the final adjustments are made to our plan which will allow us to worship in a responsible manner,” Rev. Daly said. “We are close to reopening, please continue to be patient.”

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