CHICO, Calif.- With the president calling for churches to reopen, one local Reverend is reacting.
Reverend Richard Yale at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Chico says they are not quite ready to reopen yet.
He says there is still a lot to do before he believes his congregation can come together safely.
Reverend Yale sent out a letter to his congregation on Friday to avoid any confusion. In it, it says they will not be gathering in-person until they are completely ready to do so with all of the safety precautions in place.
Friday President Trump called churches and houses of worship “essential" and says they should reopen this weekend despite the threat of the coronavirus.
However, this goes against Governor Newsom's four stage reopening plan.
California is currently in phase two and church gatherings are not permitted.
In-person religious services are part of phase three.
Reverend Yale says despite the mixed messages from our leaders they still have no plans to reopen yet.
"Our question is have we done our due diligence to make sure we can safeguard our people in our community and our most vulnerable. i must say it’s a complex number of things that must happen to make our congregation safe and we are not yet and we cannot open until we are sure we are doing the best for our most vulnerable and our parishioners," he said.
He adds, they will continue holding virtual church services until they are able to safely reopen.