Holiday amid pandemic: Americans divided on how to respond

APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Massachusetts_Memorial_Day_12145 Hazel Roberts walks in a field of flags ahead of Memorial Day, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Cohasset, Mass.
Virus_Outbreak_North_Carolina_Memorial_Day_90855 Lori Knox looks out to the ocean as husband Tim Knox fishes in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Saturday, May 23, 2020. The town allowed all beach activities to resume as of Wednesday afternoon, May 20, including sunbathing, fishing and games. Previously, it allowed access to its beach but only for exercise purposes. On-street parking remains closed to non-residents in an effort to limit the amount of people who can go to the beach.
Virus_Outbreak_China_71497 A baby with a face shield waits to board a plane at an airport in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province Saturday, May 23, 2020. China on Saturday reported no new confirmed cases or deaths from the new coronavirus.
APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Peru_66737 A cleaning woman eyes the camera through her fogged up goggles, inside the intensive care unit for COVID-19, at the Guillermo Almenara hospital in Lima, Peru, Friday, May 22, 2020. Despite strict measures to control the virus, this South American nation of 32 million has become one of the countries worst hit by the disease.
Virus_Outbreak_Switzerland_85877 People wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus walk, during the reopening of the Saturday market, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Saturday, May 23, 2020 as lockdown measures due to the coronavirus were eased.
Virus_Outbreak_Peru_32269 Doctors meet inside the intensive care unit for COVID-19 patients at the Guillermo Almenara hospital in Lima, Peru, Friday, May 22, 2020. Despite strict measures to control the virus, this South American nation of 32 million has become one of the countries worst hit by the disease.
Virus_Outbreak_China_96080 A child temporarily removes his mask to enjoy a ride at a local park in Beijing on Saturday, May 23, 2020. New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America – both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement.
Virus_Outbreak_Peru_87518 Doctors and nurses attend to COVID-19 patients inside the intensive care unit at the Guillermo Almenara hospital in Lima, Peru, Friday, May 22, 2020. Despite strict measures to control the virus, this South American nation of 32 million has become one of the countries worst hit by the disease.
Memorial_Day_Pennsylvania_46698 American flags fly over the graves of veterans, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, a few days before Memorial Day, at Lakeside Cemetery in Erie, Pennsylvania. In the background is Lake Erie and the Presque Isle channel.
APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Peru_92356 A doctor pushes a COVID-19 patient in a wheelchair in the emergency area of the Guillermo Almenara hospital in Lima, Peru, Friday, May 22, 2020. Despite strict measures to control the virus, this South American nation of 32 million has become one of the countries worst hit by the disease.
APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Kansas_Daily_Life_02585 A woman and her dog cross Shawnee Mission Lake at dusk Friday, May 22, 2020, in Lenexa, Kan. As coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders are lifted, people are flocking to lakes, parks and other nearby attractions to celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend.
Virus_Outbreak_Peru_55582 Patients testing positive for COVID-19 breathe in oxygen in the emergency area of the Guillermo Almenara hospital in Lima, Peru, Friday, May 22, 2020. Despite strict measures to control the virus, this South American nation of 32 million has become one of the countries worst hit by the disease.
Virus_Outbreak_Indonesia_35347 A butcher serves customers during 'Meugang', a local tradition where people shop for meat one day prior to the Eid al Fitr to be cooked and served during the holiday that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, amid concerns of the new coronavirus outbreak, at Geudong market in North Aceh, Indonesia, Saturday, May 23, 2020. Indonesia has seen a surge in coronavirus infections ahead of Sunday's celebrations marking the end of Ramadan, raising questions about the commitment to the virus fight from both the government and the public.
People wear face masks as they line up outside the California Donuts retro-style bakery to purchase donuts in Los Angeles, Friday, May 22, 2020. Millions of Californians are heading into the Memorial Day weekend with both excitement and anxiety after restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus were eased across much of the state.
Virus_Outbreak_Britain_41691 A man wears a face mask to protect against coronavirus as he walks in Chinatown, in London, Saturday, May 23, 2020.
Virus_Outbreak_Tennessee_52628 Virginia High Valedictorian Abigail Faith Dalton is the first student to receive her diploma during the graduation ceremony at Bristol Motor Speedway, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Bristol, Tenn. The 2020 Virginia High School class held a special drive-thru graduation at the Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday night, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Virus_Outbreak_Tennessee_45991 Virginia High's Dymisha Johnson gets ready for the graduation ceremony at Bristol Motor Speedway, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Bristol, Tenn. The 2020 Virginia High School class held a special drive-thru graduation at the Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday night, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Virus_Outbreak_Pennsylvania_57399 Seniors spaced six feet apart take part in North Star High School's commencement ceremony in Boswell, Pa., Friday, May 22, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic.
APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Chile_08057 A city worker, dressed in protective gear, delivers a box of food during a mandatory quarantine ordered by the government amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Santiago, Friday, May 22, 2020. The Chilean government began delivery of 2.5 million boxes of food and cleaning products for vulnerable families.
Virus_Outbreak_California_24029 A sign warning that there is no bar seating to comply with social distancing requirements is seen at Centro Cocina Mexicana restaurant in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, May 22, 2020. As part of Sacramento County's extended Stage 2 reopening plan, dine-in restaurants and retail stores were allowed to open at noon Friday after being closed for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Delaney Thayer wears a face mask as she serves diners Jennifer Allen, left, and Julie Steacy at Centro Cocina Mexicana restaurant in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, May 22, 2020. As part of Sacramento County's extended Stage 2 reopening plan, dine-in restaurants and retail stores were allowed to open at noon Friday after being closed for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ashley Alfaro cleans a table with disinfectant before diners are seated at Centro Cocina Mexicana restaurant in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, May 22, 2020. As part of Sacramento County's extended Stage 2 reopening plan, dine-in restaurants and retail stores were allowed to open at noon Friday after being closed for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Rev. Nicolas Sanchez Toledano poses among pews adorned with portraits of his parishioners at St. Patrick's Catholic Church during the coronavirus outbreak Friday, May 22, 2020, in the North Hollywood section of Los Angeles.
Tourists without masks enjoy the outdoors in at a the Boulder Bay Park in Big Bear, Calif. Friday, May 22, 2020. The mountain destination of Big Bear Lake announced officials would not enforce the governor's orders, arguing it has kept COVID-19 cases manageable while the economy has suffered.
Jacob Morden leads a fitness class on a closed street in downtown Indianapolis, Friday, May 22, 2020. The city closed several streets to traffic to accommodate larger outdoor areas for restaurants to provide for social distancing and the gym was able to take advantage of the closure to teach outdoor class. Gym as not yet allowed to open.
Jacob Morden leads a fitness class on a closed street in downtown Indianapolis, Friday, May 22, 2020. The city closed several streets to traffic to accommodate larger outdoor areas for restaurants to provide for social distancing and the gym was able to take advantage of the closure to teach outdoor class. Gym as not yet allowed to open.
Soldiers patrol as city workers deliver boxes of food during a mandatory quarantine ordered by the government amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Santiago, Friday, May 22, 2020. The Chilean government began delivery of 2.5 million boxes of food and cleaning products for vulnerable families.
APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Virginia_02385 A man wearing a facemask waits inside his car to be tested for COVID-19 as volunteers take registration information in Annandale, Va., Saturday, May 23, 2020. COVID-19 testing was available from Fairfax County at no cost and without a doctor's order. Hundreds of people had lined up in cars and on foot by 10am. Officials planned on testing about 1000 people from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Testing will be available at Bailey's Elementary on Sunday.
CORRECTS TO REMOVE REFERENCE THAT DECEASED PERSON DIED FROM COVID-19 - Crematorium workers disinfect their suits after placing a deceased person into an incinerator at the San Nicolas Tolentino Pantheon in the Iztapalapa area of Mexico City, Friday, May 22, 2020. Funeral parlors and crematoriums in Iztapalapa, a borough of 2 million people, say they have seen their work multiplied with the surging number of dead of COVID-19 in the capital's hardest-hit corner by the new coronavirus.
CORRECTS TO REMOVE THAT DECEASED PERSON IS A COVID-19 VICTIM - A crematorium worker at the San Nicolas Tolentino Pantheon pulls a deceased person from a hearse in the Iztapalapa area of Mexico City, early Friday, May 22, 2020. Funeral parlors and crematoriums in Iztapalapa, a borough of 2 million people, say they have seen their work multiplied with the surging number of dead of COVID-19 in the capital's hardest-hit corner by the new coronavirus.
Virus_Outbreak_Indiana_Food_Bank_29404 A Indiana National Guardsmen watches over the distribution of food at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 23, 2020. Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana expected to distribute boxes of fresh produce, lean meat, and dairy to more than 5,000 people at the event. The Speedway hosted the event on what would have been the eve of the Indianapolis 500 that was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Virus_Outbreak_New_Jersey_54775 Caution tape is wrapped around benches to discourage sitting at a nearly empty beach Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Ocean Grove, N.J., during the coronavirus pandemic.
Virus_Outbreak_Florida_Memorial_Day_75994 Cocoa Beach, Fla., is packed with Memorial Day beachgoers on Saturday, May 23, 202 The beaches are open for business again during the coronavirus epidemic.
APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Spain_75821 People wave Spanish flags during a drive-in protest organised by Spain's far-right Vox party against the Spanish government's handling of the nation's coronavirus outbreak in Madrid, Spain Saturday, May 23, 2020.
Virus_Outbreak_Florida_Memorial_Day_33395 Cocoa Beach, Fla., is packed with Memorial Day beachgoers on Saturday, May 23, 202 The beaches are open for business again during the coronavirus epidemic.
Virus_Outbreak_Memorial_Day_Texas_66872 People gather on the beach for the Memorial Day weekend in Port Aransas, Texas, Saturday, May 23, 2020. Beachgoers are being urged to practice social distancing to guard against COVID-19.
Virus_Outbreak_Kansas_Memorial_Day_75547 Angel Garcia-Metcalf steadies his seven-month-old son Angel as they visit the boy's great-grandfather's grave at Leavenworth National Cemetery Saturday, May 23, 2020 in Leavenworth, Kan. They were among a handful of people who decided to visit to the cemetery today instead of Memorial Day to beat the crowd and minimize the chance of catching COVID-19.
APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Trump_81400 A woman wears a mask as she waits for the motorcade for President Donald Trump to go past, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Sterling, Va. Trump is en route to Trump National Golf Club.
Virus_Outbreak_Germany_Soccer_Bundesliga_73128 Dortmund players celebrate after scoring the opening goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund in Wolfsburg, Germany, Saturday, May 23, 2020. The German Bundesliga is the world's first major soccer league to resume after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Virus_Outbreak_Trump_77061 The motorcade for President Donald Trump arrives at Trump National Golf Club, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Sterling, Va.
Virus_Outbreak_India_58977 Migrant workers look out a train window before moving to their home states, at Hyderabad Railway Station in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, May 23, 2020. India's lockdown was imposed on March 25 and has been extended several times. On May 4, India eased lockdown rules and allowed migrant workers to travel back to their homes, a decision that has resulted in millions of people being on the move for the last two weeks.
Virus_Outbreak_Turkey_22946 Traffic congests the roads in Istanbul, late Friday, May 22, 2020, minutes before a four-day new curfew declared by the government in an attempt to control the spread of new coronavirus. Turkey has imposed partial lockdowns to curb the spread of the coronavirus, with people above 65 and under 20 ordered to stay at home. The government has however, allowed senior citizens, children and teenagers to go out for a few hours on different days of the week, as the country eases some coronavirus restrictions.
Virus_Outbreak_Germany_Bundesliga_Soccer_65325 Cardboard pictures of fans are placed in the stands prior to the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Leverkusen, in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Saturday, May 23, 2020.
Virus_Outbreak_Protest_62610 Members of far-right groups holding Italian flags stage a protest against the government's restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 and the economic crisis, in Rome's Piazza del Popolo, Saturday, May 23, 2020.
Virus_Outbreak_Spain_75821 People wave Spanish flags during a drive-in protest organised by Spain's far-right Vox party against the Spanish government's handling of the nation's coronavirus outbreak in Madrid, Spain Saturday, May 23, 2020.
APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_North_Carolina_Memorial_Day_94538 Kure Beach Ocean Rescue lifeguard Katy Kelly looks out from a stand at Kure Beach, N.C., Saturday, May 23, 2020. The town lifted the majority of beach restrictions related to the coronavirus on May 15.
Virus_Outbreak_North_Carolina_Memorial_Day_81227 People fish off the side of Kure Beach Pier in Kure Beach, N.C., Saturday, May 23, 2020. The town lifted the majority of beach restrictions related to the coronavirus on May 15.
Virus_Outbreak_Virginia_24884 Medical personnel test people in vehicles for COVID-19, at Annandale High School, in Annandale, Va., Saturday, May 23, 2020. Drive through and walk up testing was made available to hundreds of people by Fairfax County at no cost and without a doctor's order. Officials planned on testing about 1000 people and testing will be also be available at Bailey's Elementary on Sunday.
APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Peru_79643 Dr. Rosa Lopez comforts her colleague Victor Cuba, an emergency room nurse infected with COVID-19, inside the Guillermo Almenara hospital in Lima, Peru, Friday, May 22, 2020. Despite strict measures to control the virus, this South American nation of 32 million has become one of the countries worst hit by the disease.
Virus_Outbreak_North_Carolina_Memorial_Day_96326 Beachgoers hang out just north of Kure Beach Pier at Kure Beach, N.C., Saturday, May 23, 2020. The town lifted the majority of beach restrictions related to the coronavirus on May 15.
CORRECTION_Virus_Outbreak_Japan_00387 CORRECTS SLUG: Red tape blocks off some seats in an attempt to promote social distancing at a movie theater which reopened on May 22, in Kyoto, western Japan, Saturday, May 23, 2020. Japan has lifted the coronavirus state of emergency in Osaka and the two neighboring prefectures of Kyoto and Hyogo while keeping the measure in place in the Tokyo region and the northernmost island of Hokkaido.
Virus_Outbreak_North_Carolina_Memorial_Day_86056 Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue lifeguards Sydney Westra, left, and Calvin Daughtry prepare their stand in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Saturday, May 23, 2020. As of Friday the lifeguard stands were fully staffed. The town allowed all beach activities to resume as of Wednesday afternoon, May 20, including sunbathing, fishing and games. Previously, it allowed access to its beach but only for exercise purposes. On-street parking remains closed to non-residents in an effort to limit the amount of people who can go to the beach.
Virus_Outbreak_South_Africa_Daily_Life_59644 Evangelist Mikallo Britow wears a face mask in Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa Friday, May 22, 2020. With dramatically increased community transmissions, Cape Town has become the center of the new coronavirus outbreak in South Africa and the entire continent.
Virus_Outbreak_Virginia_08511 Hundreds of people wait in a walk-up line for COVID-19 testing, outside of Annandale High School, Saturday, May 23, 2020, offered by Fairfax County at no cost and without a doctor's order. Officials planned on testing about 1000 people. Testing will also be available at Bailey's Elementary on Sunday.
A health care worker attends to a COVID-19 patient inside the intensive care unit at the Guillermo Almenara hospital in Lima, Peru, Friday, May 22, 2020. Despite strict measures to control the virus, this South American nation of 32 million has become one of the countries worst hit by the disease.
Virus_Outbreak_Virginia_50313 A little girl is tested for COVID-19 at Annandale High School, in Annandale, Va., Saturday, May 23, 2020. Drive through and walk up testing was made available to hundreds of people by Fairfax County at no cost and without a doctor's order. Officials planned on testing about 1000 people from 10a.m. to 6p.m. and testing will be available at Bailey's Elementary on Sunday.
Virus_Outbreak_Utah_01534 People ride the Roller Coaster at Lagoon Amusement Park Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Farmington, Utah. After a season break that was extended for months by COVID-19 restrictions, Utah's amusement park, Lagoon, reopened for business just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Lagoon officials said a new reservation system is in place to help manage social distancing and avoid crowding at the park entrance, and capacity will be limited to about 15% of its usual maximum volume.
APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_France_64180 Bishop of Lyon Emmanuel Gobilliard leads mass, the first since lockdown restrictions were introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus, at the Saint-Jean Cathedral, in Lyon, central France, Saturday, May 23, 2020. France allowed religious services to resume Saturday after a legal challenge to the government's ban on such gatherings.
Virus_Outbreak_Germany_Bundesliga_Soccer_43510 Players pay a minute of silence for the victims of the coronavirus prior to the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt in Munich, Germany, Saturday, May 23, 2020.
APTOPIX_Germany_Weather_88683 A man jumps headfirst into the Oderteich dam in the Harz National Park near Oderbrueck, Germany, Saturday, May 23, 2020. After the easing of measures to contain the Corona pandemic, numerous tourists came to the Harz mountains at the weekend.
Virus_Outbreak_Germany_Protest_23497 Anti-lockdown protesters hold posters reading "Blind trust?" during a demonstration against restrictions and orders of the government to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Cologne, Germany, Saturday, May 23, 2020.
APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Germany_Bundesliga_Soccer_65325 Cardboard pictures of fans are placed in the stands prior to the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Leverkusen, in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Saturday, May 23, 2020.
Virus_Outbreak_Virginia_02385 A man wearing a facemask waits inside his car to be tested for COVID-19 as volunteers take registration information in Annandale, Va., Saturday, May 23, 2020. COVID-19 testing was available from Fairfax County at no cost and without a doctor's order. Hundreds of people had lined up in cars and on foot by 10am. Officials planned on testing about 1000 people from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Testing will be available at Bailey's Elementary on Sunday.
APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Colorado_Memorial_Day_11995 J.D. Madrid pauses for a moment at the grave of his father-in-law, Michael McBrien, in Fort Logan National Cemetery, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Sheridan, Colo. Both Madrid and his father-in-law served in the U.S. Navy. While traditional events such as placing flags at the foot of gravestones for service members and ceremonies to mark Memorial Day were cancelled because of coronavirus concerns, survivors came out in force to offer their own tributes.
Virus_Outbreak_Trump_40533 The motorcade for President Donald Trump arrives at Trump National Golf Club, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Sterling, Va.
APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_France_23372 Parisians sit in the sun along the Seine river banks in Paris, Saturday, May 23, 2020 as France gradually lifts its COVID-19 lockdown.
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NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump played golf at one of his courses Saturday during the Memorial Day weekend as he urged U.S. states to reopen after coronavirus-related lockdowns.

Yet many Americans remained cautious as the number of confirmed cases nationwide passed 1.6 million.

In California, where many businesses and recreational activities are reopening, officials in Los Angeles County said they would maintain tight restrictions until July 4.

Some religious leaders took issue with Trump’s declaration that houses of worship are “essential” and should resume in-person services this weekend.

“Being at the epicenter of this pandemic and in order to protect our flock, we advise that congregations remain closed until more accurate and uniform information is provided,” said Bishop Paul Egensteiner, who oversees the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s congregations in the hard-hit New York City region.

Statewide, New York reported its lowest number of daily coronavirus deaths — 84 — in many weeks in what Gov. Andrew Cuomo described as a critical benchmark.

The daily death tally peaked at 799 on April 8.

“For me, it’s a sign that we’re making real progress,” Cuomo said.

Rain dampened the start of the holiday weekend in the northeastern U.S., where newly reopened beaches were expected to attract throngs of people and test the effectiveness of social distancing rules.

At Orchard Beach in the Bronx, which was crowded a weekend earlier, parking lots were mostly empty except for large puddles.

To the south, Trump played golf at one of his private clubs for the first time during the pandemic — the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia.

He has been pushing for state and local leaders to fully reopen after months of closures and tight restrictions.

Parts of New Orleans stirred to back life, with some restaurants and businesses opening for the first time in over two months.

Some remained closed, especially in the French Quarter, which relies largely on tourist dollars.

At least a few out-of-towners trickled in.

Greer Falls of Augusta, Georgia, wore a mask as he entered the Royal House restaurant for lunch.

After weeks at home, he said he was ready for a change of scenery and didn’t want to miss a birthday celebration with friends he’s known for decades.

Some amusement parks, such as Mt. Olympus in the Wisconsin Dells and Lagoon amusement park in Farmington, Utah, opened for the first time in months.

The Facebook sites for both parks were flooded with comments from visitors excited to ride go-karts or roller coasters, though some complained about Lagoon’s policy of requiring masks.

Andrew Young, 29, said Lagoon has been a lifelong summer staple and when he learned the park would be open Saturday, he went online immediately to make a reservation for himself, his wife and 2-year-old daughter.

Because a limited number of people were allowed entry, they found short lines and there always seemed to be just one other family on each ride.

There were also sanitation stations and other measures to keep people distanced and feeling safe.

“It was a lot of fun,” Young said.

“Finally going, having some feeling of normalcy…We had a very enjoyable morning.”

Overseas, there was mixed news.

New coronavirus cases reported in China were zero Saturday for the first time since the outbreak began but surged in India and overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America.

Many governments are easing restrictions as they face a political backlash and historic economic recessions.

In just a few months, the pandemic has killed at least 340,000 people worldwide and infected about 5.3 million, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

As the United States closed in on 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, the New York Times devoted Sunday’s entire, photo-less front page to a list of nearly 1,000 names of pandemic victims with a few words in memorial for each, culled from obituaries published around the country. “Continued on Page 12,” it read at bottom right.

Turkey, which has recorded over 155,000 infections, imposed its toughest lockdown measures yet for the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels urged believers to use masks and stay inside, as authorities try to contain infections at a time usually marked by multigenerational feasting and collective prayer.

In Germany, which has drawn praise for its handling of the virus, seven people appear to have been infected at a restaurant in the northwest of the country.

It would be the first such known case since restaurants started reopening two weeks ago.

And in Frankfurt, more than 40 people tested positive after a church service of the Evangelical Christian Baptist congregation May 10.

A church leader said the congregation has canceled gatherings and is now holding services online.

Authorities in nearby Hanau called off Muslim prayers planned for a stadium Sunday as a precaution.

Religious events helped spread the virus early in the pandemic; resuming such gatherings is an especially thorny issue.

Mindful of evangelical Christians who are key to his base ahead of November’s election, Trump on Friday called houses of worship “essential” and urged governors to let them reopen this weekend.

However, leaders of many denominations said they plan to move gradually and cautiously.

In Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz said he is scrapping a 10-person limit on gatherings and letting houses of worship open at 25% occupancy if safety guidelines are met.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis welcomed the change but said priests should not reopen their churches if they can’t comply with safety measures.

France allowed in-person services to resume Saturday after a legal challenge to a ban on gatherings in places of worship.

One of the world’s major pilgrimage sites is reopening Sunday: the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

Latin America is the latest epicenter of the virus, and experts note the limitations of government action in a region where millions have informal jobs and many police forces are unable to enforce restrictions.

Brazil and Mexico reported record numbers of infections and deaths almost daily this week, fueling criticism of their presidents for limited lockdowns.

But infections also rose and intensive care units were swamped in Peru, Chile and Ecuador, all lauded for imposing early and aggressive business shutdowns and quarantines.

Concerns are rising in India, where new cases showed another record jump Saturday, topping 6,000 for a second consecutive day as a two-month lockdown has eased.

While some countries are facing a second wave of infections, badly hit Russia is still struggling with its first and reported more than 9,000 new cases Saturday.

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Forliti reported from Minneapolis, and Moulson from Berlin. Associated Press writers around the world contributed.

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