DeSantis Deems Churches Essential for Future Pandemics

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Florida’s Republican Governor signed bill SB 254, which deems houses of worship essential services. During states of emergency, the state and local governments must allow religious events and activities to continue unless the government requires entities, like businesses and government offices, to cease activities or close their doors. While the law won’t force churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship to stay open during future crises, proponents say it will give the institutions the freedom to respond how they see fit. The law will take effect July 1.