President Donald Trump on Friday pronounced religious services to be “essential” and said he would “override” the decisions of any governors who didn’t let churches re-open over the Memorial Day weekend.
The Center for Disease Control on Friday issued guidelines under which congregations could safely gather, including limiting the size of gatherings, curbing the use of choirs and musical ensembles and congregant singing, and limiting the sharing of frequently-touched objects that cannot be easily cleaned, such as prayer books, shared cups, prayer rugs and more, according to the New York Times.
Some states – including California – have not included religious gatherings on their “essential” list, but Gov. Gavin Newsom is reported to be close to issuing guidelines under which such houses of worship could re-open.
Biden backpedals on racial remark
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden recanted an off-hand remark in which he said that any African Americans who support President Donald Trump “ain’t black.”
“No one should have to vote for any party based on their race or religion or background.”
He received criticism that suggested that he was taking the African American vote for granted, which he denied and apologized for what he called a “cavalier” remark.
U.S. coronavirus deaths near 100,000
The number of deaths from the coronavirus in the United States is now at 95,886, according to the count kept by Johns Hopkins University. Friday’s global tally shows 337,534, with the U.S. having the most, followed by the United Kingdom with 36,475 and Italy with 32,616.
Total confirmed cases of COVID-19 are now at 5,205,131, with the U.S. at 1,598,131, followed by Russia with 326,448 and Brazil with 310,087.
Wall Street shows mixed returns
Friday’s closing stock market indexes showed a mixed report. According to Yahoo/Finance, the Dow Jones Industrials fell by 8.96 points (0.04 percent) to 24,465.16.
But the Standard and Poor’s 500 rose by 6.94 points (0.24 percent) to 2,955.45. The Nasdaq showed a much larger increase of 39.71 points (0.43 percent) to 9,324.59.
American stock markets will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day.
Weather: Sun defeats the clouds
Memorial Day weekend should be mild, with cloudy mornings giving way to sunny weather in the afternoon across most of Orange County. Saturday’s highs will be around 74, warming up to the low 80s on Sunday and Monday,
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