New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said it would be "dangerous" to reopen churches and places of worship during the coronavirus pandemic, despite statements by President Trump urging state officials to do so.
“With all due respect to the president, the president left the impression on Friday that any and all religious services should start again,” de Blasio said Tuesday during a coronavirus press briefing.
It is not time to restart large gatherings of any kind even though we deeply, deeply value faith,” he added.
De Blasio said he spoke to several major faith leaders in New York City and the consensus is that "every person of faith would love nothing more but to resume the services that are so important to them."
"The idea of people coming back together, full services, large numbers of people congregating...