SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker responded Friday afternoon to President Donald Trump's statement earlier in the day where Trump said he had deemed churches and other houses of worship "essential" and called on governors to allow them to reopen this weekend.
During his COVID-19 press briefing on Friday afternoon, Gov. Pritzker said Illinois would continue to operate on the basis of science and data.
"I'm as anxious as anybody to make sure that our churches, our mosques, our synagogues open back to where they were before COVOD-19 came along.
We're gradually moving in that direction. But there is no doubt, the most important thing is we do not want parishioners to get ill because their faith leaders bring them together.
We hope that faith leaders will continue to do as the vast majority of them have done which is to worship sometimes online, sometimes in other capacities, we've talked about outdoor and drive-in"
Earlier Friday Trump had said if governors don't abide by his request, he would "override" them, though it's unclear what authority he has to do so.