The United Church of Christ advised ministers and congregants to exercise caution in the week leading up to the inauguration.
Local Mayor Craig Kavanagh defended the approval, saying: "Just because we voted yes doesn't mean we're racist."
According to an investigative report by "Inside Edition," Daystar Television paid back a $3.9 million PPP loan, with interest, after the newsmagazine show looked into how the money was used.
Some retail and personal care venues as well as recreational facilities remain open with restrictions in place.
"While we ... protect our communities, it is also important to protect that fundamental Constitutional right, religious liberty," Dolan wrote.
"As the Bible says, we need to obey God rather than man. A pastor has a responsibility to keep his church safe, but also to keep it open," Jeffress told Fox Business Sunday.
GOP Governor Doug Burgum said religious services were a "common sense" exception while announcing a new state-wide mask requirement Friday night.
More than 160 coronavirus cases have been linked to a wedding that took place in the Millinocket area of Maine last month.
Seventy-nine percent of churchgoers said they believe their churches should have to obey the same restrictions local government orders place on other businesses and services, a new survey said.
Most of the cases linked to religious gatherings came from Union County in Oregon where on June 17, 236 cases were linked to Lighthouse Pentecostal Church.
Evangelical leaders tied to Trump and megachurches tied to scandals have received some of the Paycheck Protection Program's largest payouts.
Nearly 100 new infections were reported in Union County, where several cases were linked to the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church.
California health officials are keeping tabs on two churches in California after people who attended in-person services on Mother's Day tested positive for COVID-19.
The parishioners were diagnosed with COVID-19, after attending a Baptist service in Frankfurt, Germany.
The letter signed by the pastors stated that the United States Constitution, as well as the New Jersey Constitution, guarantees their right to freely practice their religion.
California must "mandate equal treatment of persons and activities of a secular and religious nature" when deciding which public gatherings to allow.
Both churches followed their states' suggested social distancing measures but are now asking congregants to monitor themselves for symptoms.
"We don't want to see a cluster break out because faith leaders believe they have only one way of showing their reverence to the God that they worship," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.
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"The state does not get to dictate the method of worship to the faithful," attorney Harmeet Dhillon said.
As businesses close and people are told to stay in their homes to combat the coronavirus, church tithing is down nearly 75 percent in some cases, leading to some churches to pivot to online donation.
On the whole, Americans still believe religion is a positive force in American society, even if they don't want these organizations to mingle with politics.
Gun owners in the state of Texas can now legally bring firearms into churches, synagogues and schools after a loosening of restrictions passed by legislators earlier this year.
To handle the surge of asylum seekers arriving at the southern border, churches have opened their doors for those in need of shelter.
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"This is humanity at its best!" actress Kristin Davis added.
"We're not going to speculate here of the cause of something we don't know," said the Fox News anchor. "If you have observations, or you know something, we would love to hear it."