The danger in churches

Throughout the pandemic, one of the most politically charged issues has been the status of religious institutions. Some conservative leaders pushed back at stay-at-home restrictions, and President Trump threatened to overrule states that refused to open churches in May, declaring them “essential.”
But now that many houses of worship have resumed in-person services, some have emerged as hot spots. Churches may be particularly vulnerable to the virus, with many people in an enclosed space, talking and singing for an extended period. “It’s an ideal setting for transmission,” one infectious disease expert said.
Across the U.S., more than 650 cases have been linked to nearly 40 churches, religious events and Christian youth camps — many from the last month. With infection rates soaring in the South and West, some churches that fought to reopen in those regions are being forced to close again.

New York Times