Florida governor advises against 'packed' religious gatherings

Source: The Hill | April 6, 2020 | Jessie Hellmann

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is advising against attending “packed” religious gatherings ahead of the Christian and Jewish holidays this month, despite exempting such gatherings from the state’s stay-at-home order.

“We want people during this time to be spiritually together, but to remain socially distant,” DeSantis said during a roundtable event Monday. 

“Please keep God close, but please keep COVID-19 away.” 

DeSantis’s comments follow a stay-at-home order he issued last week that made exemptions for “essential” activities including attending religious services in churches, synagogues and houses of worship. 

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DeSantis acknowledged Monday, however, that large gatherings, like a funeral that took place recently in Georgia, has the potential to become a “super spreader.” 

He noted that some churches have led services online or outdoors where people stay in their cars. 

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