By Arlett Ramirez
Assistant Web Content Manager
AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has handed down an executive order that allows churches, synagogues and mosques in San Antonio and Bexar County to technically resume in-person religious services.
Local San Antonio officials believe that religious leaders will still attempt to hold services remotely and not endanger their congregants.
Abbott’s new order classifies religious services at places of worship as essential – overruling previous orders handed down by Wolff and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg.
Nirenberg and Wolff said they are confident that heads of churches, synagogues and mosques will keep offering services remotely and not try to pack their places of worship with congregants. Nirenberg noted that Abbott’s order calls for in-person gatherings with social distancing only if it’s impossible to hold remote services.
Wolff concurred but he notes that Abbott’s latest order conflicts with previous directions he’s given to limit social gatherings.
“One second, the governor says there should be no more than 10 in a room,” Wolff said earlier Tuesday. “The next, he says this is OK to do. It seems to be contradictory to me.”