Senator Kennedy wants places of worship as “essential”


BATON ROUGE, LA – DECEMBER 10: U.S. Senate Republican candidate John Kennedy delivers a victory speech during an election party on December 10, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Kennedy’s victory further strengthens the Republican’s majority hold over the U.S. Senate. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- Governor John Bel Edwards’ phase two of the state’s reopening plan says places of worship can operate with a 50 percent capacity. However, Senator Kennedy wants more.

Sen. Kennedy wrote a letter to Governor Edwards asking him to label places of worship as essential in order for those facilities to run without limited capacity.

“According to your guidance, “essential businesses” do not have uniform-capacity limits and instead are trusted to determine individual safety requirements in coordination with the state. Places of worship, therefore, should also be exempt from mandatory capacity limits and their pastors & leaders entrusted to choose the best course of action for their congregations…. I disagree with this uneven application of Phase 2 guidelines, as I find no reason to assume the best of protesters and patrons of “essential businesses” but the worst of worshipers,” wrote Kennedy.

Kennedy’s full letter to Edwards can be found here.

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