President Trump called on the government on Friday to reopen the nation’s places of worship as “vital sites,” citing safety recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He said he would “skip” all governors who disagreed, although he did not specify how he would do so.
While some states are already allowing temples to reopen, others – such as Rhode Island – have no plans to do so, despite the president’s statement.
Coronavirus cases in Montgomery, Alabama, have risen rapidly, from 35 percent in the past week to more than 1,050; hospitals there say there is a shortage of intensive care beds. Alabama on Friday further eased restrictions on the spread of the virus, reopening entertainment venues such as arcades, cinemas and bowling alleys.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said his state aims to reopen casinos in Las Vegas and elsewhere on June 4th. New York has announced that areas such as Long Island could open as early as next week.
Despite the accelerating pace of reopening the country, restrictive measures continue to put pressure on the US labor market. On Thursday, new data showed that about 2.4 million Americans had lost their jobs by May 16. For the whole of April, employers in the United States have cut more than 20 million jobs.
Translation and editing: Julian Markov
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