Governor Greg Abbott Overrides San Antonio & Bexar County Rules on Religious Gatherings Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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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.”

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  1. Yolanda on April 5, 2020

    well basically what I think in all these comments from the governor to our leaders here in San Antonio that they’re playing tug-of-war and they’re playing a deathly deathly threat to everybody in San Antonio so if our leaders here telling us to stay home the governor also needs to abide churches can remain open five can go in as long as they stay six feet apart from each other but to have a whole congregation to go in it’s totally absurd and crazy.

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