Texas Gov. Signs Executive Order Deeming Religious Services 'Essential'

While many state governors have ordered social distancing and mandated that churches be closed, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order that deems religious services as "essential."

Activist Mommy reports:

While the order mandated that all Texans must minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not members of their household, it clarified that “religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship” maintain the right to continue uninterrupted as essential services.

The order also stated that “‘Essential services’ shall consist of everything listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 2.0,” and added that “other essential services may be added to this list with the approval of the Texas Division of Emergency Management.”

Abbott announced in a video that if people are going to attend those essential services, then they should obviously practice good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, sanitation, social distancing, and to work from home when possible.

Texas also set itself apart from other states when Gov. Abbott declared that his state would not be following in the footsteps of California and New York in releasing convicted criminals from jails and prisons in order to protect them from the virus.

“We want to prevent the spread of #COVID19 among prison staff & inmates,” Abbott said, “But, releasing dangerous criminals in the streets is not the solution.”

I think we can all take a lesson from Texas. Let's hope the rest of our governors follow suit.

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