Devon Link, USA TODAY Published 8:53 p.m. ET April 8, 2020 | Updated 9:12 p.m. ET April 8, 2020CLOSE Pastors across the U.S. are holding drive-in worship and other innovative services to bring their congregants closer together while observing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. (April 7) AP DomesticThe claim: Texas’ governor has deemed religious services essential amid coronavirus outbreakConservative political news website The Daily Signal published an article April 1, claiming Texas’ governor had added religious gatherings to his list of essential services. The choice to allow in-person religious services to proceed  seemed suspicious to some users on Facebook as many local leaders in the state had ordered otherwise.On March 31, Gov. Greg Abbott did, in fact, issue an executive order adding religious worship to the state’s list of essential services.What is and isn’t allowed for religious servicesAlthough the order allows worship services, Abbott mandates religious leaders employ remote means for worship whenever possible and his office published guidance on measures to be followed for in-person worship.“If religious services cannot be conducted from home or through remote services, they should be conducted consistent with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC by practicing good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation, and by implementing social distancing


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